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Monday, June 6, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1124

IRS Logo 2Washington Times, IRS Finally Reveals List of Tea Party Groups Targeted for Extra Scrutiny:

More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of the organizations it snagged in a political dragnet.

The tax agency filed the list last month as part of a court case after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency’s stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on. The case is a class-action lawsuit, so the list of names is critical to knowing the scope of those who would have a claim against the IRS.

But even as it answers some questions, the list raises others, including exactly when the targeting stopped, and how broadly the tax agency drew its net when it went after nonprofits for unusual scrutiny.

The government released names of 426 organizations. Another 40 were not released as part of the list because they had already opted out of being part of the class-action suit. ...

Edward D. Greim, the lawyer who’s pursuing the case on behalf of NorCal Tea Party Patriots and other members of the class, said the list also could have ballooned toward the end of the targeting as the IRS, once it knew it was being investigated, snagged more liberal groups in its operations to try to soften perceptions of political bias.

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Comments

Can you link to the actual list? I can't seem to find it.

Posted by: Scott | Jun 6, 2016 9:37:55 AM

Remember all the cover that the left-wing press and radical defenders of the corrupt Obama administration were giving to the IRS when they whinned, "But, but... the IRS questioned liberal groups, too!!!"? Yeah, about that.

“... the IRS modified its targeting in light of the investigations, packing its own internal lists of targeted groups to support its preferred narrative, including by adding ideologically diverse groups.”

Posted by: Woody | Jun 6, 2016 10:22:52 AM

The Obama administration has spent seven and a half years dragging their feet, lying, and misdirecting congress in several scandals. The reason you don't know about them is because the mainstream media refuses to do more than give cursory coverage. Had this been a Republican administration our 'watchdog' press would have been barking for the last five years. Democrats sure got it good.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Jun 6, 2016 10:39:27 AM

Imagine that, the IRS wasn't honest a out the number of groups targeted and may have tried to squew the umbers after getting busted.

Posted by: Wodun | Jun 6, 2016 1:10:10 PM

Mr. wodun & Woody: If you keep repeating your speculation it will become a true fact. Just ask Dick Cheney.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jun 7, 2016 8:41:56 PM