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But the RW is expressing faux outrage, so everyone in the US is supposed to stop and pay homage and beg forgiveness. Back here in the real world, all on has to do is look at the FEC website to see the number of groups that are "claiming" that politics is not really the major part of the reason that they were created to be a 501c4 group.
What we do see is that RW will be outraged about anything that affects their brand. The funniest take on this is from wonkette - but winger's will really really hate it! http://wonkette.com/515873/hey-whats-the-deal-with-the-irs-oppressing-those-poor-teabaggers-obscure-tax-law-wonksplained#more-515873
The really big sad is that IRS didn't flag "TEA BAGGER" - because the GOP were once oh so proud of their self-assigned name until they were hilariously mocked by those who understood the verbage via the Urban Dictionary - it left them embarrassed - as the "angry old white guys" were left with egg on their face for being out of touch with reality.
In Response to Re: IRS APOLOGIZES FOR TARGETING TEA PARTY GROUPS:
Campaign finance watchdogs have said for years that 501(c)(4) tax exemptions are widely abused by conservative and liberal groups whose primary purpose is to influence elections, not to promote “social welfare,” as tax-exempt status mandates.
But Ms. Lerner said the examinations of the Tea Party groups were not a response to such pressure. She portrayed it more as a bureaucratic mix-up. Between 2010 and 2012, applications for 501(c)(4) tax exemptions nearly doubled, to more than 2,400. As the agency has done in the past, it centralized the processing of the surge at its Cincinnati office, where about 300 were flagged for further examination.
Staff members at that office singled out the terms “Tea Party” and “patriot,” she said, but not out of political bias; it was “just their shortcut.” Only about a quarter of the 300 cases flagged for scrutiny were Tea Party-related, she said, but she called the singling out of those groups “absolutely inappropriate and not the way we should do things.”
Ms. Lerner indicated that no disciplinary action had been taken against the low-level employees she said were responsible; when pressed, she said she could not comment on personnel matters. But, she said, policy changes had been made to ensure that similar episodes would not occur. For instance, high-level I.R.S. officials must now approve efforts to lump similar applications or audits into one centralized location for processing.
(entire article at above URL)
(It would be hard to convince me that the "Tea Party" and "patriot" groups do not have as their PRIMARY purpose to INFLUENCE ELECTIONS.)
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