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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.