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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inappropriate Targeting Confirmed

The IRS audit exposes their lie that there was no bias in their methods. Proving what conservatives already knew: their government is out to suppress them.  Again, if you are a liberal or progressive yourself, consider how the shoe would fit if it were on your own foot. Consider how uncomfortable you should be with a government that targets anyone of any ideology.
“TIGTA concluded that inappropriate criteria were used to identify potential political cases for extra scrutiny — specifically, the criteria listed in our audit report. From our audit work, we did not find evidence that the criteria you identified, labeled “Progressives,” were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2012 timeframe we audited,” Inspector General J. Russell George said.

He said that while 30 percent of groups that had the word “progressive” in their name were given extra scrutiny, 100 percent of groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names were pulled out for strict scrutiny, which involved what the IRS since has said were invasive and inappropriate questions.

Democrats have argued that the IRS‘ scrutiny of applications for tax-exempt status hit both ideological sides equally, which would cut at the GOP’s argument that it was politically motivated. Instead, Democrats have said the scrutiny is the natural result of a jump in applications after campaign finance rules changed following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.

But Mr. George’s letter suggests that’s not the case.
 Conservatives have in fact been inappropriate targeted. Q.E.D.


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