IRS Official Once Targeted Christian Coalition

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An IRS official at the center of the Obama administration's Tea Party scandal is now reported to have a history of harrassment.

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS's Exempt Organizations Division, is the official who first publicly admitted that the IRS unfairly targeted groups with the words "Tea Party" or "patriot" in their applications.

Now The Weekly Standard is reporting that Lerner was accused of politically motivated harassment after a huge investigation into the Christian Coalition in the 1990s.

Lerner worked for the Federal Election Commission's enforcement division at the time. The FEC accused the Christian Coalition of working with candidates to spend money on certain issues.

In the end the FEC lacked proof, but the investigation cost the Christian Coalition hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also, questions were raised on whether the FEC had the authority to bring such charges.

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