IRS Official Under Fire Over Nonprofits to Get Honorary Degree Saturday (Update)
Note: Western New England University announced Wednesday that Lois Lerner had withdrawn as the speaker at its law school commencement Saturday, citing her desire not to distract focus from the graduates.)
Officials at Western New England University's School of Law were surely excited when they announced early this month that one of their esteemed alumni -- a high-ranking federal official -- would give the school's commencement address this year. Suddenly, though, the choice isn't looking quite as good, now that Lois Lerner, who heads the Internal Revenue Service's Exempt Organization Division, is at the center of the white-hot controversy over the agency's questionable scrutiny of the political activity of conservative nonprofit groups. A Western New England spokesman told the Daily Caller that the university was proceeding with its plans to give Lerner its presidential medallion, for public service.