IRS Continued Targeting Conservative Groups Until Last Month


It was just an accident. Really. An accident that went on and on and on until there was a lot of debris and cars piled up for miles around and still the accident kept happening for no apparent reason.

Because that’s how accidents work. Other famous accidents in history include the accidental Watergate bugging, Hannibal’s accidental crossing of the Alps and the accidental nuking of Hiroshima.

The head of the Internal Revenue Service says inappropriate screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than was previously disclosed.

Danny Werfel told reporters Monday that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered inappropriate and wide-ranging criteria in lists screeners use to single out groups for careful examinations. He did not specify what terms were on the lists.

Werfel said he has suspended use of those lists. Investigators have previously said agency officials abolished targeting of conservative groups in those lists in May 2012.

So instead of May 2012, the targeting went on until May 2013. What’s the difference between those two dates? One presidential election.

But that’s just another accident, I’m sure.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “So instead of May 2012, the targeting went on until May 2013.”

    I didn’t ever believe at all any claim that it ended before his reelection. At all.

  • Gee

    The targeting of Jewish groups started a year before the conservatives were targeted and is going on RIGHT NOW. Some groups have not been able to get their status as a Non-profit for over 4 years.

  • DogmaelJones1

    How much does anyone want to bet that the targeting and screening continue, regardless of what Werfel says, only on a more stealthily level. Just because an IRS official says it’s stopped, doesn’t mean it’s stopped. I mean, who are you going to believe? Werfel, or me?

    • ziggy zoggy


  • ziggy zoggy

    “Werfel said he has suspended use of those lists.”
    Oh. O.K. If a guy named Werfel who depends on Obama for his sinecure says so, I believe it. All those conservative groups who say otherwise must be motivated by ODS.