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Two more salient facts about this so-called scandal were recently posted:
1. Did Issa know the IRS targeted progressive groups too? Why didn’t the inspector general’s report mention this critical bit of data? Russell George, Treasury’s IG, told lawmakers that the “inspector general launches audits on topics requested by lawmakers. The targeting audit requested by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa specifically requested a review of IRS actions related to conservative groups,” ( this via politico) and
2. It takes two to sell a scandal. Issa can’t do it alone. He needs credulous media coverage to make his work ginning up controversy successful.
H/t SalonIn Response to Re: Liberal Groups Say They Received IRS Scrutiny Too:
The very fact that none of the RW bloggers here have not bothered to respond, now that the actual facts regarding the IRS have been released, is telling. They don't appear to care about facts....it is sadly typical of some here who only care if it is politically relevant to improve the image of their "cause" and to diminish their political opponents.
Granted I don't read all the RW sites, but perhaps our RW bloggers will inform us of what their fav. sites are saying on this relatively new information. In Response to Re: Liberal Groups Say They Received IRS Scrutiny Too:
June 24, 2013
Documents Show Liberals in I.R.S. Dragnet
WASHINGTON — The instructions that Internal Revenue Service officials used to look for applicants seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their titles also included groups whose names included the words “Progressive” and “Occupy,” according to I.R.S. documents released Monday.
The documents appeared to back up contentions by I.R.S. officials and some Democrats that the agency did not intend to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny. Instead, the documents say, officials were trying to use “key word” shortcuts to find overtly political organizations — both liberal and conservative — that were after tax favors by saying they were social welfare organizations.
But the practice appeared to go much farther than that. One such “be on the lookout” list included medical marijuana groups, organizations that were promoting President Obama’s health care law, and applications that dealt “with disputed territories in the Middle East.”
Taken together, the documents seem to change the terms of a scandal that exploded over accusations that the I.R.S. had tried to stifle a nascent conservative political movement. Instead, the dispute now revolves around questionable sorting tactics used by I.R.S. application screeners.
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