100% of Tea Party Groups Targeted by the IRS

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Looks like the Taxman knew a natural enemy when it saw one.

Refuting Democratic suggestions that progressive groups were also swept up in the IRS probe of the tax status of Tea Party organizations, the Treasury Department’s inspector general has revealed that just six progressive groups were targeted compared to 292 conservative groups.

In a letter to congressional Democrats, the inspector general also said that 100 percent of Tea Party groups seeking special tax status were put under IRS review, while only 30 percent of the progressive groups felt the same pressure.

The Wednesday letter to the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee punched a huge hole in Democratic claims that progressive groups were targeted as much as the Tea Party groups from May 2010-May 2012, the height of the Tea Party movement.

The letter from the Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration revealed that there just weren’t many progressive groups who even sought special tax exempt status. A total of 20 sought it, and six were probed. All 292 Tea Party groups, meanwhile, were part of the IRS witchhunt.

While conservative groups were term-targeted, liberal groups were not. If they were hit, it was as collateral damage. Switch around the politics and if this had happened under Bush, there would be screams of bloody murder, eight books, three movies and impeachment proceedings.

“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,” [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Adminstration Russell] George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.

The inspector general also stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention.

  • ElizabethMC

    These despicable people keep pleading the 5TH. If there’s nothing to hide, if they’ve done nothing wrong, why are they taking the 5TH?
    They make me sick!!! They work for all tax payers, not just liberal ones.
    Why doesn’t obama direct them to be forthcoming?
    It’s fine with him if they obfuscate because he’s protecting his own worthless a**.

  • Gee

    Can’t believe anything that comes from the IRS. They claim the practice was from 2010-2012. The truth is they targeted pro-Israel groups in 2009 and some have not gotten their status AFTER 4 YEARS. It’s still going on

  • ziggy zoggy

    100% of leftists are scumbags.

  • OfficialPro

    Avoid IRS rectal exams! Call yourselves the COFFEE party something!

  • popseal

    Until every elected politician and appointed head of any government agency (federal, state, and local) is required by law to maintain an updated web site revealing his/her entire financial portfolio, with all transactions dated (including family members), the corruption will only get worse.

    • defcon 4

      Alternatively, bring back ABSCAM, which had no problems finding corrupt senators willing to take bribes from faux Saudi sheikhs.