IRS Admits to Targeting Conservative Groups Since 2009

Long thought by the MSM as the stuff of cranks and con­spir­acy web­sites like “News­Max” and “World Net Daily,” it now appears they weren’t kidding.

Not the best string of luck the White House is hav­ing this week are they?

The Inter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice inap­pro­pri­ately flagged con­ser­v­a­tive polit­i­cal groups for addi­tional reviews dur­ing the 2012 elec­tion to see if they were vio­lat­ing their tax-exempt sta­tus, a top IRS offi­cial said Friday.

Orga­ni­za­tions were sin­gled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their appli­ca­tions for tax-exempt sta­tus, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS divi­sion that over­sees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which vio­lates IRS pol­icy in most cases, she said.

That was wrong. That was absolutely incor­rect, it was insen­si­tive and it was inap­pro­pri­ate. That’s not how we go about select­ing cases for fur­ther review,” Lerner said at a con­fer­ence spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Bar Association.

The IRS would like to apol­o­gize for that,” she added.

Lerner said the prac­tice was ini­ti­ated by low-level work­ers in Cincin­nati and was not moti­vated by polit­i­cal bias. After her talk, she told The AP that no high level IRS offi­cials knew about the practice.

Agency offi­cials found out about the prac­tice last year and moved to cor­rect it, the IRS said in a state­ment. The state­ment did not spec­ify when offi­cials found out.

About 75 groups were inap­pro­pri­ately tar­geted. None had their tax-exempt sta­tus revoked, Lerner said.

Sen­ate Repub­li­can Leader Mitch McConnell of Ken­tucky called on the White House to investigate.

Hon­estly, it should be the House which does this inves­ti­ga­tion.  The Sen­ate isn’t going to do jack against the White House as long as it is in Demo­c­ra­tic hands as well as the Sen­ate, then I’m not hold­ing my breath.

Democ­rats with long mem­o­ries like to say that tax audits against polit­i­cal ene­mies was a favorite trick of the Nixon days.  Well, if they had any moral com­pass, they’d demand one of the Obama White House immediately.

Sadly, I don’t think such is the nature of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion of lib­er­als.  Threat­en­ing tax-exempt sta­tus is part of the cur­rent play­book; be it a church, a think tank, an advo­cacy group or what­ever, it is the enemy, and it must be destroyed thoroughly.

Think I’m kid­ding?  Read any press releases from One Wis­con­sin Now or the Demo­c­ra­tic Party of Wis­con­sin in recent years?

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  • Don

    Not a peep out of the usual sus­pects on the left half of the Ched­dar­sphere. Silence is acceptance.