Another Obama administration scandal is brewing

Just when we thought it was safe to turn the news on again, a new scandal is brewing in the Obama administration, this one involving the Environmental Protection Agency. It has every possibility of being as big as the IRS scandal, because just like that one, it centers on administration officials playing favorites.

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At issue is the waiver of fees for Freedom of Information Act, commonly called FOIA, requests. FOIA fees are supposed to be summarily waived in all instances where the information will be released to the general public, such as the press and government watchdog groups.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute reviewed FOIA requests received by the EPA from January 2012 to the spring of 2013, according to The Washington Examiner and the results were startling.

“This is as clear an example of disparate treatment as the IRS’ hurdles selectively imposed upon groups with names ominously reflecting an interest in, say, a less intrusive or biased federal government,” said CEI fellow Chris Horner to the Examiner.

The Examiner’s Michal Conger reported:

For 92 percent of requests from green groups, the EPA cooperated by waiving fees for the information. Those requests came from the Natural Resources Defense Council, EarthJustice, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, The Waterkeeper Alliance, Greenpeace, Southern Environmental Law Center and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Those “green” groups that were charged a fee either didn’t indicate that the information being requested would be disseminated to the public or failed to respond to the agency’s request to justify the fee waiver.

CEI received almost the exact opposite results — 93 percent of their requests for fee waivers to the EPA were denied. One, admittedly, because CEI failed to note that the information would be disseminated to the public. However, The Examiner reported:

The rest were denied because the agency said CEI “failed to demonstrate that the release of the information requested significantly increases the public understanding of government operations or activities.” Similarly, requests from conservative groups Judicial Watch and National Center for Public Policy Research were approved half the time, and all requests from Franklin Center and the Institute for Energy Research were denied.

“Their practice is to take care of their friends and impose ridiculous obstacles to deny problematic parties’ requests for information,” said Horner.

The White House’s Chicago-style politics served as a blueprint for all the agencies under its control — the IRS, HHS, EPA, Justice and Labor to name a few. As Sen. Marco Rubio noted in a floor speech Wednesday, “These are the tactics of the third world.”

The president is turning the United States into a banana republic.

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  • http://yahoo wolfieschase

    It's time to wakey wakey people the Mad Hatters guests are running amuck and house of cards is tumbleing..bet your hating that vote now…

    • Jackie O

      Didn't vote for Obama, wouldn't vote for Obama. Obama has failed as a leader of Our Country and as of his standing now i don't think he will be standing for much longer. Obama has to go, nothing but lies from the beginning and he will lie til the end of his stay in the White House.

      • hostile elite

        the biggest scandal is immigration warfare against white people. this is not left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Socialism vs liberty. This is war against White people.

        Why do hostile globalist elite defend Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but ravage White majority Europe/North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

        The world is 93% non-White, only 7% White. But 3rd world colonizers are aggressively advancing their agenda to annihilate gullible Whites, just as China annihilates Tibet.

        How long will gullible Whites cuckold for murderous anti-White elite, who confiscate our guns, infiltrate/subvert our banks/FBI/CIA, indoctrinate White kids in academia/mass media, plunder White jobs/wages, & butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars?

        "Native" Americans! invaded from East Asia. Yellow & Brown races committed 10-times more genocide, slavery, imperialism than Whites. Since Old-Testament, Whites have been victims of Jewish/Crypto-Jewish, Turkic, Muslim, N.African imperialism, slavery, genocide.

        Gullible Whites should reject subversive ideologies- libertarianism/feminism/liberalism- & reject hostile slanders of racism. Love to all humanity, but White people must organize to advance their interests, their fertility, their homelands. Spread this message. Reading list: goo.gl/iB777 , goo.gl/htyeq , amazon.com/dp/0759672229 , amazon.com/dp/1410792617

        • http://Bizpac Ted

          Hostile. Are you Hostile or Uma? At least put your comment in another form. Its tired. You may have a point about racism against whites. The point is that racism is dumb and despicable in any form. We can't say that genius and talent come from any particular race. We need everyone. There can be no time for racism. Period.

          • http://bizpac linreis

            gee Ted, thanks for clearing that up…but Hostile has yet another very valid point, and that is the fact that steps need to be taken to speak out what offends US too…we need to make BIG issues about the hate crimes against whites that go largely unreported and ignored…Hostile has a lot more to say than your interpretation.

          • Taylor

            Tell that one to Obama Ted. He sparked the fuse on racism, and plays the same cards every day.

          • joseph hawk

            The history books support a huge favor towards a couple races of people when talking genius. And NO, I'm no genius by any stretch!!! lol

        • joseph hawk

          I couldn't agree with you more!!!

        • Larry Mellette

          It isn't only whites. If they think you are a Christian or a Conservative. Black, White, Purple Polka Dot. The only thing we can do is civil disobedience. Do not send the form for Obama Care in. 52% of the country does this or more. What are they going to do. Be a civil majority. We have the rights to do so. They can't get us all. 33 states have said they aren't going to help. Let your voices be heard. Please pass that thought on. We need to grow some cajones.

        • http://www.michellebirdsong.com michelle birdsong

          I agree. I am black. But it's not right this war against white men especially. We at Mainstreaming Clues For The Marginalized call for all to stand up for the Rights of the whites, along with Israel and Native Americans (I'm part blackfoot Indian),

          We are publishing your letter in our book, How Much Does It Take? Due out later tonight.

          We are glad that you are speaking up for your own self interests. Look at London they're slicing them up in the streets because they've allowed them to take over their country.

          I say let us all live together as Americans – respecting one another – scapegoating no one. We are all at essence sisters and brothers.

    • Shirleypix

      Thanks for exposing to our nation what's going on in our government. It's so important to know what us taxpayers are really paying for and so far it seems our money is being thrown to the wind.

      • Susan Moli

        We are finding out now, what many have suspected all along. First of all, Barry Sotero is a Muslim. His birth records of his eligibility are all false. Who was in charge of vetting him, anyway? They should be fired as an accomplice. Further, this usurper has implored all of us to be more tolerant of Muslims. Why? Because he had plans of this becoming their country after all of his illegal activities, EO,DHS, allowing Muslims into this country without the safeguards that we the American people have to endure. The FBI can't do proper follow-up on terrorists or those from the East with terrorist ties.Remove all Muslims from this country because, as I will repeat from a Muslim Imam…there are no Moderate or extremist Muslims who practice Islam. Islam is Islam. The Koran teaches killing the infidel. Period.

        • http://n/a John Cooper

          There it is.

    • http://Tea RhondaKelly07

      He is getting away with high treason, just like Black Caucases, Minority Cacaus, eric Holder Susan rice, now all controlling Uninted Nations. because of there brown skin..

  • KodysGrandma

    We've been a banana republic since about 1 week after he took office.

  • Ronnie

    DePort! DePort! Deport. Cheaper by the plane load, Obama, Holder, Michelle, Pelosi, Reed and Oh Yea, Joker Joe.

    • Patircia

      add to that bunch of idiots Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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  • David Castlen

    May I suggest "The Cross And The Rainforest", Acton Institute

    Just one note: DDT was the best medicine ever given to the world. By the time the lie that it is/was harmful DDT had eradicated malaria. Thanks to the lie, now thousands of children die at the hands of malaria. A Greeny has noted that "…well we have too many people on earth anyway…" There is absolutely no, zero, nada evidence DDT hurts animals or humans or plants.

    The Environmental movement is a religion. It disregards scientific facts, it bullies, it lies and it pays off those who will support it. Its god is Mother Earth. Man is not made in the image and likeness of God, but is a curse to their god, Giai; Mother Earth.

    The Greens have successfully put in our school systems a paradigm that is so contrary to reason that if an outsider where to examine their creed the outsider would be amazed at how and why anyone would accept their propaganda. Well, HItler was successful, Stalin as well, Obama won and I am sorry to say a plethora of Republican leaders sell this garbage of a reliogen. I must add within my own dear Faith it is promoted!

  • Chuck Lehmann

    Remember, you can take Obama out of Chicago, but you can't take Chicago out of Obama. Since Obama was sworn in, he has tried to bring Chicago to the Potomac and it's coming back to bite him big time in the butt. This guy loves the perks of the presidency,buthe doesn't like the responsibility that goes with the job. He sounds like a lowly clerk in the White House instead of the President of the United States. All he knows is what he reads in the newspapers or sees what's on the T.V. You call this a leader?

    Our website: "Chuck on the Right Side" (Google it up)

    Chuck Lehmann

    • Ladyliberty

      He's the Alfred E. Neumann of UX politics… "What, me worry?". Corrupt, clueless, and carcdnogenic to the Republic.

    • http://Tea RhondaKelly07

      Blacks latinoes, haspanics, j haud is taking over the world, The devial and Obama the real antichrist, is raising up his evial army for: A R E G E T I O N , get the black vote, get the latino vote get the haspanic vote, get the Gay vote and Abortion vote , 50 million illegals to steal our welfare, and our jobs vote..

  • JJ

    Just rememeber we told you so…

  • Kim

    Seriously, what did you expect form a Banana Republic, mafia style president?

    • http://Tea RhondaKelly07

      Go to: is Obama the Antichrist, scoops.com Jesus said Obamas name in Hebrew! see small TV, then look in your bibles…or…IS OBAMA GAY…or u tube Obama saying I am a muslim ….hey he killed 3 of his lovers.

  • Doug Hanks

    Piling Pelian upon Ossa.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Poor GOP. Rooting through all the trash cans to find anything, anything, to push a scandal and ignore the important stuff like the budget, immigration, and the drawn down of the war in Afghanistan. Obama will just push this trash hunting expedition results and go on. The GOP is trashing its possibilities for successes in 2014 and 2016 when these scandals come to nothing. The GOP will stand alone as responsible for not engaging to govern, which is what the GOP congressmen were elected to do. Some people here seem to be satisfied that their representatives are chasing around sideline dustups, like the IRS and AP subjects, instead of demanding that their representatives get down to work. If you want to continue these "investigations" have your reps deligate someone to continue these subjects and get back down to legislation. The conclusions of these inquiries will come even without ISSA and the rest of the GOP investigators. At the very least, they should feel that they should work on their main job: legislating for their voters. I'm not surprised that most of you would rather go to the exciting scandals instead of the important work on taxes, the economy and immigration. It is hard work to learn the subjects. Why read the "Congressional Record" instead of the "Inquirer"?

    • j

      "Legislating FOR their voters"? More like AGAINST the Republic. Please, No more leglislation.

    • RichardS

      Oh yes all these scandals will come to nothing. Because Coward in Chief Obama is so thoroughly destroying the economy they'll be viewed as minor misdeeds by comparison. Immigration: it will cost 135 billion to round up and deport all the illegals. But we spend over 100 billion on them every year anyway. They are here illegally. End of discussion. 6.4 trillion in new debt over the last four years. Yes the debt was huge when he took office. But that his debt was given away in entitlements to buy votes. We had something to show for the previous debt like carrier battle groups. Hurting our chances for 2014 by exposing the criminal acts of Obama? Wow you libtards must really be scared if your offering conservatives advice on how to win elections.

    • Conservative Mark

      Only a perfect idiot could continue to stand but Barack or Barry or whoever the hell this man is. What does it take to be a perfect idiot, you ask? Voting for and standing behind a man you know virtually nothing about other than you saw his mother nude on the Internet as well as a picture of him smoking pot in his college days. But your're an idiot so you think, "COOL!"

    • Deanna

      @Ted, You are so far off base you may as well be on another planet. The GOP isn't delving into these scandals for the reason they don't want to take care of the other problems in our gov't they are doing it because Millions of us American citizens have asked them to. Do you think that we are going to let this so called president get away with murder, fraud and all the other illegal acts this man has committed since he came into office in 2008 without a fight????? You can bet your Ass we aren't, I can tell you personally that I am not Rep. Or Dem. but Ind. and I have friends who live in different places all over this country who are of different political backgrounds but all have seen the destruction Obama is doing to this country and will continue to do if we don't bring him down. If you think for one minute that Obama's agenda isn't to turn this country into a Muslim Socialist country then you must be brain dead. He is a lying, cheating, thieving Socialist that wants to become dictator of the US not president. He needs to be impeached for allowing the murder's in Benghazi and put on trial; that one offense alone is an impeachable one. All the other scandals like the IRS, & AP illegal actions are just icing on the cake!

    • darcy

      Ted, Are you for real ? Or just trying to iqnite a few fires here. If you are for real and still on that same old path of still trying to defend our DICTATOR of a president.

      Then I would suggest that you get immediate help!

      You have some very serious mental issues that should not be put on hold..