IRS targeted organizations because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stg58, May 10, 2013.

  1. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    The emperor has no clothes....

    The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
    IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
    The agency — led at the time by a Bush administration appointee — blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. But that wasn't good enough for Republicans in Congress, who are conducting several investigations and asked for more.
    "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," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
    White House spokesman Jay Carney declared it was indeed inappropriate for the IRS to target tea party groups. But he brushed aside questions about whether the White House itself would investigate.
    Instead, Carney said the administration expects a thorough investigation by the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration. The inspector general has been looking into the issue since last summer, and his report is expected to come out next week, the IG's office said Friday.
    Carney said he did not know when the White House first learned that tea party groups were being targeted.
    Lerner acknowledged it was wrong for the agency to target groups based on political affiliation.
  2. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Because they mandated the targeted attacks and just can't remember when they did that...... Hey obbummmer [kissit] !!!!!
  3. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    You know how you can do anything on your last day? I would love it if Carney would say, point blank, "C'mon now, you and I both know that's never going to happen. The White House isn't going to investigate $hit unless its negatively impacting the President. Next question."
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  4. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    But, but its Bush's fault !

    Honestly, I don't know how the Dem-0-Rats can say these things with a straight face.

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