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How the hell was the IRS story ever a scandal? How
can it be that it took the media this long to find out
the truth?
The I...
Congressional Scrutiny / New York Times / 16 May 2013 ..... Even if you accept that the new
information that progressive g...
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How the hell was the IRS story ever a scandal? How can it be that it took the media this long to find out the truth?

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The IRS sat on the applications until Congressional scrutiny forced them to move them forward - too late to participate effectively in the 2012 election: During the entire two-year span from March ...

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How the hell was the IRS story ever a scandal? How can it be that it took the media this long to find out the truth?

  1. 1. How the hell was the IRS story ever a scandal? How can it be that it took the media this long to find out the truth? The IRS sat on the applications until Congressional scrutiny forced them to move them forward - too late to participate effectively in the 2012 election: During the entire two-year span — from March ... The IRS sat on the applications until Congressional scrutiny forced them to move them forward - too late to participate effectively in the 2012 election: During the entire two-year span — from March 2010, when the agency began singling out conservative groups, to April 2012, just before it received Mr. Camp’s letter and changed its search criteria for the last time — the I.R.S. approved the applications of just four groups with those conservative keywords in their names. After the I.R.S. altered its search criteria the final time, the agency approved more than 40 Tea Party applications. According to the I.R.S. records, 54 organizations were granted 501(c)(4) status since 2010 with “Tea Party,” “patriot” or “9/12″ in their names. Five of those groups were approved in the first three months of 2010. Approvals then slowed considerably, I.R.S. data shows. The Indiana Armstrong Patriots was the only Tea Party organization approved during all of 2011, and it was one of just four groups with “Tea Party,” “patriot” or “9/12″ in their names that were approved from April 2010 through April 2012. I.R.S. Approved Dozens of Tea Party Groups Following
  2. 2. Congressional Scrutiny / New York Times / 16 May 2013 ..... Even if you accept that the new information that progressive groups were also included in the BOLO's, the rate at which they were subjected to extra scrutiny was bizarrely disparate: Tea Party groups were more likely than self-identified “progressives” to be given extra scrutiny for political involvement by the Internal Revenue Service from 2010 through 2012, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IRS paid special attention to 30 percent of groups with “progress” or “progressive” in their names that filed applications for tax-exempt status between May 2010 and May 2012. All groups with “Tea Party,” “patriot,” or “9/12” in their names during that time received extra scrutiny. Tea Party Groups More Likely to Get IRS Look Than Others / Bloomberg / 27 June 2013 Or this quote from a letter from the IRS Inspector General to Congress: Based on the information you flagged regarding the existence of a 'Progressives' entry on BOLO lists, TIGTA performed additional research which determined that six tax-exempt applications filed between May 2010 and May 2012 having the words 'progress' or 'progressive' in their names were included in the 298 cases the IRS identified as potential political cases. We also determined that 14 tax-exempt applications filed between May 2010 and May 2012 using the words 'progress' or 'progressive' in their names were not referred for added scrutiny as potential political cases. In total, 30 percent of the organizations we identified with the words 'progress' or "progressive" in their names were processed as potential political cases. In comparison, our audit found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases during the timeframe of our audit. Treasury: IRS targeted 292 Tea Party groups, just 6 progressive groups / Washington Examiner / 27 June 2013 ..... And, even in the relatively few instances where progressive groups were subject to additional scrutiny, reports are that the protocols for handling them was radically different. Conservative applications were shunted from Ohio to Washington for handling (well, squatting, really) by supervisory personnel while liberal applications remained in Ohio to be processed by line personnel. I hope this helps. Tags:
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