A Brief History of Slimy Dem Snoops and Dumpster Divers

It’s always the "low-level" peon’s fault, isn’t it? When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin’. The buck stops … in the janitors closet or something.

__Here’s what I know: While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures. __Through it all, those on the right standing against government tyranny have refused to stand down.

__During the Clinton years, senior IRS official Paul Breslan revealed that the administration’s auditors specifically targeted conservative critics. On the hit list: Judicial Watch, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers, the National Rifle Association, The National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, Citizens Against Government Waste, Concerned Women for America, and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition.

Steven Miller, one of the Clinton IRS agents who helped conduct those witch hunts in the 1990s, is currently the head of the Obama IRS department that has now admitted it discriminated against tea party groups. Jackboot history repeats itself.

In 1997, far-left Congressman Jim McDermott obtained and leaked an illegally taped phone call involving House GOP leaders to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The New York Times. Far from a low-level underling, McDermott was the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee at the time. Ohio GOP Rep. John Boehner won a $1 million civil lawsuit against McDermott. McDermott’s leak was condemned by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan as "willful and knowing misconduct (that) rises to the level of malice in this case."

__In 2005, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — headed by New York Sen. Charles Schumer — targeted then Maryland GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as he considered a U.S. Senate bid. Two of Schumer’s staffers illegally obtained Steele’s credit report by using his Social Security number, which they got from public documents. They set up a fake email account and then impersonated Steele on a website to filch his financial information.

__Democrats framed the sleazy move as the work of junior staffers. But the supervising operative involved, Katie Barge, was senior research director of the DSCC, a former researcher at the George Soros-funded attack group Media Matters for America and a researcher for presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards.

Schumer’s other document plumber, Lauren Weiner, was a DSCC researcher who had worked for Dick Gephardt and the Democratic National Committee. She pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a credit report and escaped jail time. After she was fired, she earned a journalism degree at the Columbia University School of Journalism.

In 2006, longtime Democratic operative Bob Fertik called on his minions to attempt to obtain the private phone records of prominent conservatives through shady online information brokers. "If money is scarce," Fertik vowed, "Democrats.com will reimburse you if you buy the records for an important phone number and discover gold when you get the records."__

In October 2008, top Ohio Democrats targeted real plumber Joe Wurzelbacher after he challenged then presidential candidate Barack Obama’s "spread the wealth" radicalism. Helen Jones-Kelley, then director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, ordered underlings to scour government databases for dirt. In addition to pawing through his child-support papers, her agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes.

__Jones-Kelley was not just a high-level state official. She was also an Obama campaign donor who volunteered to arrange an event for Michelle Obama and provided the campaign with nearly 20 names of potential donors ahead of a Dayton campaign stop. Three years after resigning, she found herself back on the taxpayer dole with another government job. Corruptocrats protect their own.

Also in 2008, Obama’s allies at a Soros-tied outfit named Accountable America sent out "warning" letters to 10,000 top GOP givers "hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions." Witch hunt leader Tom Matzzie, formerly of Soros-funded MoveOn.org, promised "legal trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives." Matzzie also advertised a $100,000 bounty for dirt on conservative political groups "to create a sense of scandal around the groups" and to dissuade donors from giving money.

__The effort was supported by Judd Legum, founder of Think Progress, which is run by former Clinton scandal manager turned Obama confidante John Podesta’s Center for American Progress.

During the 2010 midterms, the Obama bully brigade waged a similar campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its donors as payback for the organization’s ads opposing the federal health care takeover. During the 2012 election season, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina declared war on free-market philanthropists Charles and David Koch and private donors to their nonprofit activist group Americans for Prosperity.

As I warned in my column in March 2012, it seemed "no small coincidence" at the time that Team Obama was threatening conservative activists publicly "just as numerous tea party organizations (were) reporting that the Internal Revenue Service (had) targeted them for audits. According to Colleen Owens of the Richmond (Va.) Tea Party, several fiscally conservative activist groups in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio and Texas (had) received a spate of IRS letters. The missives demand(ed) extensive requests to identity volunteers, board members and … donors."

__The latest confession by Obama IRS officials that they targeted tea party, pro-Constitution and pro-Israel groups isn’t a sign of "rogue" behavior. It’s tyrannical Democratic business as usual.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.


  • worldwatchers

    and Fast and Furious same plan

    The United States of America has elected a man with
    fire in his eyes and it burns for the destruction of our nation. Fast and
    Furious was a plan set up by the team of Eric Holder and Barrack Hussein Obama to turn the American people against guns!! They thought if they flooded the market of Mexico with weapons it would turn the tide of the 2nd amendment and they would disarm America.
    They forgot about it until a Border patrol agent got murdered with one of the
    guns they sent south! They ran the scam to long and got caught so the started
    to send weapons to Africa. They got our
    Ambassador with three other American raped and murdered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Wischkaemper/100000008210596 Joel Wischkaemper

    This article was delicious.

  • Brian_Bayless

    “Corrupocrats,” “Obama Bully Brigade,” “Witch Hunt Leader,” Scandal Manager turned Obama Confidant.”

    With terms like these, who can take Malikn seriously? Heck, Morning Zoo Crew DJ’s use these words. Can’t you just write an article without the gimmicky stuff?

  • helplessinil

    Who would have guessed that BHO would be operating by
    the Chicago Style Politics in DC? In Illinois we have come to accept the
    fact that our politicians may be a little corrupt. Four of our last 7
    Governors have been convicted of felonies and were sent to prison. I want
    to see any other state try to top that, ha. Over 1,000 politicians since
    1970 from the Chicago area have been convicted of public corruption then
    removed from office and/or sent to prison. We had Rep. Rostenkowski,
    Governors Blagojevich, Ryan, Walker and Kerner, and
    of course “the Honorable” State Senator Jesse Jackson Jr. How can anyone
    in their right mind be surprised at what is going on under President
    Obama? Have they never heard the expression “Chicago Style Politics” or
    as we refer to it as “Crook County Rules”, we (south of Chicago residents) are
    doomed to abide by whatever Chicago dreams up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Wischkaemper/100000008210596 Joel Wischkaemper

      You think it would help any if we shot them after the corruption trial? Make the trial a judge officiated thing too.. faster to the finish line.

  • Bruce A.

    From the actions of the people mentioned in the article it seems it’s ok to trample over someones constitutional rights if they are conservative. Liberals can only be victimized & are never responsible for any corrupt actions

  • Anthony Bonagura

    Malkin is in the same boat that Goldberg is in, they are both working for FOX and they are both ignoring the scandal that Diana West describes as the “biggest fraud ever committed against the United States” and it is being committed by Barack Obama. He has a forged birth certificate, Diana has seen the evidence and she makes that conclusion. Lord Christopher Monckton, a man of great reputation also states that the April 27th, 2011 birth certificate is a FORGERY. Why doesn’t the big names in the Conservative media jump all over this. There is something sinister in their ignoring this scandal and many don’t understand their reluctance to expose this, the biggest of all scandals.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Wischkaemper/100000008210596 Joel Wischkaemper

      Institutions ‘lose’ documents. Computers drop data.
      I think the birth certificate is a recreation and that file the picture was in no longer exists.