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IRS Assigned 1 Worker To Review Tea Party Forms

From the Daily Caller:

IRS managers assigned one person to review all Tea Party tax requests

By Neil Munro | May 15, 2013

IRS managers delayed approval of Tea Party requests for routine tax exemptions by assigning all of them to a single employee in Cincinnati for special review, according to footnote 14 of the blockbuster Inspector General report.

The single employee was the only person working on the reviews for at least 18 months.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to know the political affiliation of this one individual, and why he was selected? Though, given the leanings of the IRS workforce (see below), it’s pretty safe to say he is a Democrat.

From early 2010, “the [review] team consisted of one specialist, but it was expanded to several specialists in December 2011,” says the report, entitled “Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review.”

Which helps explain the (previously mentioned) report from USA Today, that said it was 27 months after March 2010 before another conservative 501c4 was approved.

Which, once again, meant that these conservative groups would not have been able to participate in the mid-term elections. And it also meant they would not have enough time to raise the money necessary to have an impact on the 2012 elections.

The extra staffers were added six months after the manager of the IRS’s “Exempt Organizations” office was briefed on the special reviews in June 2011…

However, the bottleneck ensured that many Tea Party groups’ requests were extensively delayed, hindering their political activity and curbing their fundraising throughout 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Which was surely the intention.

“For the 296 total political campaign intervention applications TIGTA reviewed as of December 17, 2012, 108 had been approved, 28 were withdrawn by the applicant, none had been denied, and 160 were open from 206 to 1,138 calendar days,” said the report.

The delay kept some groups — such as the Tea Party Patriots — in bureaucratic limbo “for more than three years and crossing two election cycles,” said the report.

Not to mention the cost of this delay. Including the money lost from not being allowed to fundraise.

In contrast, most organizations’ tax-exemption requests were approved without extensive checks, said the report. “In Fiscal Year 2012, 70 percent of all closed applications for tax-exempt status were approved during an initial review with little or no additional information from the organizations.”

But all submissions from Tea Party groups were tagged for special review, said the report…

The groups which were targeted in early 2010 were targeted by an the IRS’s Cincinnati-based “Determination Unit” office.

The unit developed its own criteria for identifying groups that deserved extra scrutiny and review.

“In May 2010, the Determinations Unit began developing a spreadsheet… which included the emerging issue of Tea Party applications … [and] requested [by July 2010] its specialists to be on the lookout for Tea Party applications,” said the report.

IRS employees refused to reveal who developed the criteria, said the TIGTA report. “During interviews with Determinations Unit specialists and managers, we could not specifically determine who had been involved in creating the criteria,” said the report.

IRS officials in the D.C.-based Rulings and Agreements office “referred to these cases as Tea Party cases,” the report said.

But it turns out that the Democrats didn’t have to rely on just this one person or this small team to help them at the IRS tamp down conservatives. They have plenty of comrades in the bureaucracy.

From the Center for Responsive Politics, via NewsMax:

IRS Employees Donated Much More to Obama Than Romney

By Courtney Coren | May 14, 2013

IRS employees donated more than twice as much to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign than they did to Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.

Out of the $160,303 donated from IRS workers, $54,116 went to the Obama campaign from 2011 to 2012, compared to $20,991 donated to Romney during the same period, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The rest went to political action committees, the Democratic and Republican parties, and outside spending groups…

So there is an institutional bias at the IRS, even if they weren’t following orders. Which they almost certainly were.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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