FOIA Request

DATE FILED: May 20, 2014 DOCUMENTS: F13149-0095 F13149-0100 F13149-0102

Judicial Watch files three FOIA requests with the IRS in an investigation of the targeting of conservative groups by Obama’s IRS. Specifically these requests were seeking:

  • Any and all records concerning, regarding or related to the number of applications received from organization seeking tax exempt status under 501(c)(4).
  • Any and all record concerning, regarding, or related to communications between the IRS and members of the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate regarding the review process for organizations applying for tax exempt status under 501(c)(4);
  • Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to communications between the IRS and any other government agency regarding the review process for organizations applying for tax exempt status under 501(c)(4);
  • Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to communications between the IRS and any office of the Executive Branch regarding the review process for organizations applying for tax exempt status under 501(c)(4).
  • Any and all records concerning, regarded, or related to the preparation of questionnaires sent to organizations applying for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status;
  • Copies of any questionnaires sent to organizations applying for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status.

FOIA Request

DATE FILED: May 22, 2013 DOCUMENTS: 2202 IRS FOIA

Judicial Watch files a fourth FOIA request with the IRS, specifically seeking information on Lois Lerner’s communications related to the IRS targeting investigation. Judicial Watch investigators were seeking:

  • Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to Lois Lerner’s communications with other IRS employees regarding the review and approval process for 501(c)(4) applicant organizations;
  • Any and all communications concerning, regarding, or related to Lois Lerner’s communications with any government or private entity outside the IRS regarding the review and approval process for 501(c)(4) applicant organizations.

FOIA Lawsuit

DATE FILED: October 09, 2013 DOCUMENTS: Judicial Watch v. IRS lawsuit Press Release PRESS RELEASES: Press Release

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) asking the District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the agency to produce records of all communications relating to the review process for organizations seeking 501(c)(4) non-profit status since January 1, 2010. The lawsuit comes in response to the refusal of the IRS to comply with four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

Motion for Status Conference

DATE FILED: June 27, 2014 DOCUMENTS: Motion for Status Conference

Judicial Watch attorney Ramona Cotca submits a motion for status conference in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to address the failure of the IRS to meet its obligation to respond to Judicial Watch’s four separate FOIA request in May of 2013.

Federal Court Minute Order

DATE FILED: July 10, 2014 DOCUMENTS: Judge E. G. Sullivan IRS MINUTE ORDER 1:13-cv-01559-EGS

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court in Washington ordered the IRS to detail under oath how some of former agency official Lois Lerner’s emails went missing, as well as any potential methods for recovering them.

Motion for Limited Discovery

DATE FILED: September 17, 2014 DOCUMENTS: IRS Motion for Discovery and Exhibits

Judicial Watch filed a Motion for Limited Discovery in its Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to force the agency to comply with federal court orders to produce information about how “lost and/or destroyed” IRS records relating to the targeting of conservative groups may be retrieved.

Memorandum of Law

DATE FILED: October 22, 2014 DOCUMENTS: Judicial Watch Opposition to IRS SJM – No. 13-1759

Judicial Watch filed a memorandum of law in opposition to the defendant's (IRS) motion for summary judgment to address the failure of the IRS to meet its obligation to conduct a proper search for communications related to 501©4 applications for tax exempt status. Judicial Watch also asks the court to Order the IRS to conduct “a reasonably adequate search for records and communications” related to the targeting of conservative groups, as originally requested.