Saturday, May 11, 2013

IRS Admits Targeting Tea Party Groups During 2012 Elections (Updated with Actual Letters)

"Oh, boo yourself!"IRS Admits Targeting Tea Party Groups During 2012 Elections (Updated with Actual Letters):
In early 2012 several
conservative groups of the Tea Party persuasion reported they were
getting strange letters from the IRS demanding more information
than they believed typical for 501(c)4 non-profit political
groups — sometimes hundreds of pages more. Fox News reported

back then
:
In letters sent from IRS offices in Cincinnati earlier this
month, chapters including the Waco (Texas) Tea Party and the Ohio
Liberty Council were asked to provide a list of donors, identify
volunteers, financial support for and relationships with political
candidates and parties, and even printed copies of their Facebook
pages.
"Some of what they (the IRS) asked was reasonable, but there
were some requests on there that were strange," Toby Marie Walker,
president of the Waco Tea Party told FoxNews.com. "It makes you
wonder if they do this to groups like ACORN or other left-leaning
groups.”
Were they really being targeted or were they just being paranoid
about tiresome, exhaustive but actually common IRS bureaucratic
meddling? Turns out they were being targeted, after all. Today, an
IRS head admitted as much and apologized. Via the
Associated Press
:
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt
groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or
"patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled
out for additional reviews.
Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in
Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a
conference in Washington.
I’m sure a stern memo was sent out to all involved.
(UPDATE: Click through to see some actual letters courtesy of
the American Center for Law and Justice)
Letter
from the IRS to Tea Party organizations