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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Curiously Omitted from IRS Audit Report: Liberal Groups Were Targeted Along with Tea Party

Enough of talk, feigned concern & Go-Nowhere ‘hearings’ - - let the people see justice and indictments. Republican Party “oversight” is deplorable and non-existent. What phonies these congressmen and senators are! Just two crime families having a pillow fight at the expense of their own constituents. Does 'discovery' of IRS crimes against liberals give us two wrongs making it right? Hardly.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When the top inspector for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revealed that the agency had targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, he failed to disclose that liberal organizations also were zeroed in on.
Democrats in Congress now want to know why J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, made this decision.

“The American public expects competent, impartial, unbiased, and non-political treatment from the IRS,” Representative Sander Levin (D-Michigan), a ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, told the media.

In remarks aimed at George, Levin said: “The same standard is also applicable to you and your organization. Your audit served as the basis and impetus for a wide range of Congressional investigations and this new information shows that the foundation of those investigations is flawed in a fundamental way.”

George was appointed to his post by President George W. Bush in 2004. He concluded in an audit of the IRS that the agency had used “inappropriate criteria” to target tea party groups.

But those same criteria were also used to target progressive groups, and were utilized even after they stopped being used for tea party groups, according to Levin, who has called for a congressional hearing.

George’s audit stated the IRS wrongly used “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) memos to single out tea party groups. But he failed to mention that at least seven BOLO memos included the word “progressive.”

The IRS also keyed on terms like “Occupy” and “medical marijuana,” as well as advocacy of President Obama’s health care law.

During a congressional investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) asked George if the IRS had “a BOLO for MoveOn or progressive?” George answered that he couldn’t provide a “definitive response.”

The documents (pdf) support the contentions of certain IRS officials and Democrats that the agency did not intend to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny—and that the real focus was on examining overtly political groups on the left and the right seeking tax exempt status.
-Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet (by Jonathan Weisman, New York Times)
IRS Look at Progressives Complicates Tale of Tea-Party Scrutiny (by Richard Rubin and Julie Bykowicz, Bloomberg Business Week)
IRS “Be On the Lookout Lists” (House Ways and Means Committee) (pdf)