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Old 05-10-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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IRS Admits to targeting conservative groups: Apologizes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added.

Lerner said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. After her talk, she told The AP that no high level IRS officials knew about the practice.

Agency officials found out about the practice last year and moved to correct it, the IRS said in a statement. The statement did not specify when officials found out.

About 75 groups were inappropriately targeted. None had their tax-exempt status revoked, Lerner said.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called on the White House to investigate.

"Today's acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year's national election is not enough," McConnell said. "I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views."

Many conservative groups complained during the election that they were being harassed by the IRS. They accused the agency of frustrating their attempts to become tax exempt by sending them lengthy, intrusive questionnaires.

The forms, which the groups made available at the time, sought information about group members' political activities, including details of their postings on social networking websites and about family members.
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Totally reprehensible. However, 75 organizations impacted with a few extra forms and none of them lost their status. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?
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It is an outrage and needs to be investigated. That behaviour is not acceptable. It wasn't acceptable when Nixon's administration did it either. But, I didn't see conservatives up in arms over that one....funny that.
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If anybody deserves an ass-fvcking from the IRS, it's teabaggers.

They're already taking it from the corporatists that co-opted the movement, so why not?
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If anybody deserves an ass-fvcking from the IRS, it's teabaggers.

They're already taking it from the corporatists that co-opted the movement, so why not?
The context of your words conveys misery. May I suggest taking a vacation sometime shortly in your future?
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Very troubling. While I can understand some level of scrutiny to assure that groups registering as political groups or as charitable groups are just that, it can be a very fine line between due diligence and undue political intimidation, even if at just the perceptual and/or unintentional levels. I haven't seen any evidence of overt political intent yet, but that does need to be investigated VERY closely and there should be a zero-tolerance level and severe repurcussions if any is found.
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Totally reprehensible. However, 75 organizations impacted with a few extra forms and none of them lost their status. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?
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It would be far more concerning if this was the result of a directive from the top.
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Good, the IRS did the right thing by admitting their mistake, went public with it, and are correcting the issue.

As mentioned, if true, it was by low level employees with a political bias and their actions are not a reflection of the organization as a whole.

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you freaking scumbags!

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican senator says she's disappointed that President Barack Obama hasn't personally condemned the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says Obama "needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable."

The agency blames low-level employees and says no senior officials were aware of the extra scrutiny to see if conservative groups were violating their tax-exempt status.

But a draft of a watchdog's report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press says senior officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011.


Collins tells CNN's "State of the Union" she doesn't "buy that this was a couple of rogue IRS employees."

She says the targeting is "absolutely chilling" and contributes to the public's "distrust" in government.
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Than I suggest you stop following politics. This is part and parcel of politics. Hoover's FBI investigation in to leftist radicals, Watergate, Iran-Contra, WhiteWater, etc... Not to mention that allegations of these type are even more common place.

If this is making you sick and you are going to continue following politics, you are going to be sick most of the time.
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Than I suggest you stop following politics. This is part and parcel of politics. Hoover's FBI investigation in to leftist radicals, Watergate, Iran-Contra, WhiteWater, etc... Not to mention that allegations of these type are even more common place.

If this is making you sick and you are going to continue following politics, you are going to be sick most of the time.
I feel like I am proposing the same question constantly around here....so that makes it ok?
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I feel like I am proposing the same question constantly around here....so that makes it ok?
It doesn't make it ok. But, it wasn't ok when virtually every administration going back decades (arguably since basically the founding of the country) has done something equally reprehensible. It is part and parcel of politics. Always has been, always will be.

That doesn't make it ok, but, it shouldn't be surprising either.
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It doesn't make it ok. But, it wasn't ok when virtually every administration going back decades (arguably since basically the founding of the country) has done something equally reprehensible. It is part and parcel of politics. Always has been, always will be.

That doesn't make it ok, but, it shouldn't be surprising either.
Fair enough, but when they get caught they should get theirs
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Than I suggest you stop following politics. This is part and parcel of politics. Hoover's FBI investigation in to leftist radicals, Watergate, Iran-Contra, WhiteWater, etc... Not to mention that allegations of these type are even more common place.

If this is making you sick and you are going to continue following politics, you are going to be sick most of the time.
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Fair enough, but when they get caught they should get theirs
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