IRS Agent Who Wrote Threatening Letters Gets Promotion, Now a Supervisor

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 30, 2013   |   3:05PM   |   Washington, DC

Apparently targeting conservative and pro-life groups gets offending IRS agents a promotion, rather than a pay cut or, even more appropriate, termination of employment. This is even as the agency faces a massive lawsuit.

As the Washington, Examiner reports today:

President Obama may have promised “to hold the responsible parties accountable” for the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative non-profit groups, but one of the agents at the center of the scandal was recently promoted, an IRS source tells The Washington Examiner.

Through 2012, then Exempt Organization Specialist Stephen Seok signed many of the intimidating letters sent to conservative non-profits. For example, this January 2012 letter sent to the Richmond Tea Party demanded the date, time, and location of all group events, as well as copies of all handouts provided at the event, and the names and credentials of all organizers. Seok also demanded the names of all speakers and the contents of the speeches they made.

According to FOX 19 in Cincinnati, Seok is no longer a Exempt Organization Specialist. He has since been promoted to a “supervisor IRS agent.”

Contacted for comment on when and why Seok was promoted, the Cincinnati IRS office had no comment and referred all inquiries to the Washington office. The Washington office, when contacted, also refused comment on Seok’s promotion, citing the Privacy Act of 1974.

Weeks after the IRS scandal erupted over its targeting of pro-life and conservative groups, the Internal Revenue Service took action. Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations, was placed on administrative leave. Before that, the agency hadn’t officially reprimanded a single staffer over it.

With the scandal concerning the IRS and its targeting of pro-life and conservative groups growing, national conservative activists held nationwide rallies at IRS offices across the country.

Reports indicate President Barack Obama’s top attorney knew in April that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting pro-life and conservative groups. The reports show Obama’s top lawyer was notified in April that the Treasury Department’s inspector general had finished an audit of the IRS over the allegations.

Obama addressed the massive IRS scandal and promised it would never happen again.



“I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again,” he promised.

James Dobson, the pro-life family advocate, disclosed that he was a victim of IRS discrimination because he spoke out against pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

In one case LifeNews has profiled, a pro-life group was told it had to promote abortion. A top pro-life legal group also informed LifeNews that cases it handled support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations.