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All Of 501c4s Audited By IRS Are Conservative

From the Wall Street Journal:

Camp: IRS Targeted Established Conservative Groups for Audits, Too

By John D. McKinnon | February 11, 2014

A Republican House committee chairman said the Internal Revenue Service targeted tax-exempt conservative groups for audits, widening the scope of GOP ire over the agency’s oversight of political activities…

On Tuesday, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) said his committee’s continuing investigation has found that the IRS also singled out established conservative tax-exempt groups for audits.

“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s,” Mr. Camp said in a statement.

In other word, the IRS wasn’t just targeting applicants. They were also going after conservative groups that already had gained tax exempt status.

“At Washington, DC’s direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of these groups, 83% were right-leaning. And of the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% were right-leaning.”

But the IRS wasn’t Targeting the Tea Party. And there is ‘not even a  smidgen of corruption’ involved.

Mr. Camp spoke at a meeting where the committee was expected to vote to delay implementation of Obama administration rules that GOP lawmakers say would unfairly restrict political activity by conservative groups…

(These are the new Treasury rules that we mentioned in our previous post on this subject.)

Gosh, those GOP lawmakers are paranoid. What evidence is there that the Obama administration would ever try to unfairly restrict political activity by conservative groups.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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