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Treasury IG admits liberal groups were not targeted like Tea Party

Treasury IG admits liberal groups were not targeted like Tea Party

There was joy in liberal blogospheric Mudville when it was reported that terms like “progressive” also were used as a screening mechanism.

PROOF! The IRS Scandal was not a scandal!

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Uh, yes, it was a scandal.

Via The Hill, Treasury IG: Liberal groups weren’t targeted by IRS like Tea Party:

Liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status faced less IRS scrutiny than Tea Party groups, according to the Treasury Department’s inspector general.

Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) in a letter dated Wednesday that the IRS did not use inappropriate criteria to scrutinize groups with “progressives” in their name seeking tax-exempt status.

“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.

The inspector general stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention, while only 30 percent of the groups with “progress” or “progressive” were highlighted as potentially political. George’s letter does not say why the progressive groups were given extra scrutiny.

“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George wrote to Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.


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“Uh, yes, it was a scandal.”

Still is. And…like Benghazi…we STILL have a lot of people to hear.

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stevewhitemd | June 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Boy howdy there’s a surprise. Careful with that feather, Prof. Jacobson, you almost knocked me over!

What with the awful reporting on the Zimmermann trial and the awful reporting on the IRS scandal, and the awful reporting on the Benghazi Affair, it’s a wonder we find out anything in this country.

Which is the way Champ and his people want it for low-information voters, I think. Wonder if the rioters (who will come out after Zimmermann is acquitted, should he be acquitted) will know how bad the State’s case is?

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Geeeez, tell me something that I don’t already know.

If the investigators, (House Committee), pursue this it will lead straight to the White House. The smell is so great that it falls into the stench category and that particular scent originates from Chicago, Illinois.

That’s my take and I’m stickin’ with it…

The fact that Obama’s shady half brother got waved right through with a retroactive approval is all the evidence that is needed. Investigation should stop right there and move to the prosecution phase.

Not holding breath here.

    Nohbody in reply to lichau. | June 27, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I disagree. Stopping after going for the proverbial low-hanging fruit leaves another opportunity for the current occupier* of the White House and his friends in MiniTru… erm, the press, to bury the rest, making it even more difficult to fully document the depth of the problem.

    * There is a subtle difference between “occupant” and “occupier”, in spite of the same root. Parisians are occupants of Paris, the Wehrmacht were occupiers.