IRS inspector general: No, liberal groups weren’t “targeted” the way tea-party groups were

posted at 11:21 am on June 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

Righties on Twitter are citing this as proof that, contra desperate liberal claims, the scandal’s not over yet. Isn’t the real significance of this that it makes the scandal worse? Three days ago, the IRS’s new acting director hinted that the agency had been targeting progressives too, a claim supposedly confirmed by the IRS’s latest report to Congress. Lefties naturally took that to be a smoking gun that there was never any political bias. Now here comes IG Russell George to say that, according to his audit, it’s all basically a lie:

“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.

The inspector general also stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention.

“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George wrote to Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee…

George’s letter says that the “progressive” identifier on BOLO lists was not in a section used for selecting potential political cases, and that the IRS had developed inappropriate criteria to flag Tea Party applicants as potentially political.

According to George, six of the 20 progressive groups that applied for tax-exemption between 2010 and 2012 received close scrutiny. Of the 292 tea-party groups that applied, … all 292 did. In fact, didn’t the IRS claim that it started flagging tea-party applications systematically in 2010 because the movement was exploding and groups’ applications for exemption were piling up? (That was a lie too, but that was their story.) That’s the supposed “nonpolitical” explanation for all this — the tea-party movement was unique in how quickly it rose and how widely it spread and therefore the agency had to look closely to make sure groups weren’t violating 501(c)(4) all over the country by meddling in campaigns. If that’s the left’s preferred narrative for what happened, then why would they think progressive groups were targeted equally or at all? There was, and is, no lefty equivalent of the movement. You can believe that institutional bias against conservatives was at work here or you can believe that tea partiers, due to the movement’s size and its interest in primaries, deserved extra scrutiny under the rules against campaigning by “social welfare” groups. The “progressives were targeted too” theory doesn’t fit with either. Especially when you remember that the president’s own political shop, Organizing for Action, somehow remains a 501(c)(4) in good standing.

Eliana Johnson explained two days ago what the new IRS report really said about progressives being “targeted”:

The term “progressive” was flagged in a general warning to agency screeners — one that remained on the list throughout the time in question — that the applications of progressive organizations may not merit 501(c)(3) designation, which prohibits groups from engaging in political activity. That warning, according to an IRS source familiar with the review process, did not prevent first-line screeners from recommending an application be approved.

The same lists, between August 2010 and February 2012, directed screeners by default to send tea-party applications to a special group for further review and for coordination with lawyers in Washington, D.C. “They are different,” says the agency source of the designations made for progressive and tea-party groups.

Also, she notes, don’t forget that tea partiers weren’t flagged exclusively through the term “tea party.” The IRS’s be-on-the-lookout list metamorphosed to include issues of concern to tea partiers, like paying down the national debt. If the political scrutiny was impartial and evenhanded, where are the BOLOs for groups that, say, oppose entitlement reform or want to raise taxes?

But back to my question up top. Why was Danny Werfel, the new IRS director and Obama political ally, out there on Monday nudging the media to believe that progressives somehow were put through the wringer too? You know why: Because, with politics momentarily consumed with Snowdenmania and Supreme Court rulings, the time is ripe to try to put this scandal to bed. I’m not sold on the idea of a special prosecutor, but if they’re going to stoop to this level of obfuscation even now, after they’ve cleaned house lightly dusted, maybe that’s the only way forward.


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Window dressing. Stay on Benghazi.

bofh on June 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Where’s that Snowden? And what about Global Warming? And shouldn’t Africans embrace Gay Marriage?

Squirrels are everywhere.

Drained Brain on June 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

So…somebody fibbed a bit, did they…under oath and in front of Congress?

“Oopsie.”

OK….problem solved…apology accepted – Congress.

coldwarrior on June 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM

So zero progressive groups were targeted for being progressive while 100% of Tea Party groups were targeted.

It’s all so ambiguous and confusing.

forest on June 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

C’mon Gold Five, stay on target!

itsspideyman on June 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I smelled that same rat when I read the AP article. Bull$hit 3 days ago, bulls$hit now. One Special Prosecutor, comin up.

james hooker on June 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

But back to my question up top. Why was Danny Werfel, the new IRS director and Obama political ally, out there on Monday nudging the media to believe that progressives somehow were put through the wringer too? You know why: Because, with politics momentarily consumed with Snowdenmania and Supreme Court rulings, the time is ripe to try to put this scandal to bed.

The problem is they can’t lie their way out of this. We have too much evidence(not to mention an apology from the IRS themselves) that targeting of conservatives did take place. We also have several instances where IRS officials lied to Congress about what they knew and when they knew it. Not to mention now two IRS managers pleading the fifth.

If the Democrat/IRS strategery is to just stonewall and hope this goes away, they’re in for a rude awakening. This issue will dog the party and the IRS continuously in future elections, and it’ll only get worse once they’ve got everyone’s medical records.

Doughboy on June 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

There is something there. Keep pushing.

Obama’s allies, including the media, have been spouting ridiculous narratives to muddy the waters.

Couple rogue employees.
IRS commissioner is a Bush appointee.
Self described ‘Conservative’ manager directed all the scrutiny.
Progressives were targetted too.

I get to read about each new Journolist trial balloon in every paper- and they are never retracted later. Hopefully Issa can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Bensonofben on June 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Issa needs to start having people arrested for contempt of Congress and perjury.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Additionally- no one has pressed the white house HARD on the amount of visits the IRS has had with the White House and his election team.

Bensonofben on June 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I am waiting for someone to find the IRS internal memo or email to employees that the TEA Party wants to do away with the IRS for a flat tax and how this will cost them their jobs.

docflash on June 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Also, she notes, don’t forget that tea partiers weren’t flagged exclusively through the term “tea party.” The IRS’s be-on-the-lookout list metamorphosed to include issues of concern to tea partiers, like paying down the national debt. If the political scrutiny was impartial and evenhanded, where are the BOLOs for groups that, say, oppose entitlement reform or want to raise taxes?

Not to mention questions about books they’ve read and the content of their prayers. That’s not just looking into new groups, that’s a full rectal exam.

rbj on June 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

292-6—a close basketball game in a libiot’s brain ..

hillsoftx on June 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

292-6—a close basketball game in a libiot’s brain ..

hillsoftx on June 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

And somebody cheated to get those six!

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Yup..special prosecutor now

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Case closed
-cummings

Poor wolfie he was so excited about this

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Well well well, LibFreeorDie. Care to take back taht remark you said a few days ago about there being proof that conservatives were being delusional in their thinking that the IRS were targetting conservatives?

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

The IRS report on the IRS’s criminal behavior should have been ignored or treated with extreme skepticism by everyone. All the IRS has done is lie. They even broke the story with a planted question ruse. If somebody believed the IRS’s lies it was only because they wanted to believe them.

forest on June 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I wrote here that I was skeptical of Werfel’s statements to reporters. It’s clear he isn’t the man of integrity that’s needed at the IRS.

LFRGary on June 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Mr. George is about to become the next newest target of Prog hate…

d1carter on June 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

It’s a sad day in America when we can expect more results from the ACLJ lawsuit than these endless hearings in Congress.

antipc on June 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

lets do a head count of how many people have lost their job, yeah 0. The deeper they dig the worse it gets.

phatfawzi on June 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

OT, ot on topic…as all is on topic nowadays – in America today a 19 years old can’t read her own letter.

You pay for the education of such and then for the phonelady and they…work at the IRS…and go dancing and etc.

No wonder the land is where it is. Work harder.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Agree liam@11:34

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Danny Werfel cannot investigate the IRS…

d1carter on June 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

or on topic

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Old: Conservatives are delusional.
New: Musta been some rogue Conservative, a Tea Party plant who tried to keep IRS from leveling the playing field.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Squirrel 1 – “climate change…executive order…flat earthers…”

Squirrel 2 – “gays…bla, bla, bla…Africa…beneftis…dancing…eating…”

100 million of your sweat – work harder.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

And somebody cheated to get those six!

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Anybody look at how those six might have gotten on Jarrett’s bad side?

ElectricPhase on June 27, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Schadenfreude

It also means she didn’t write that letter

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Werfel = throw…throw them all out.

Dissolve the IRS. They are as corrupt as it can get and Holder can’t be put in charge of the sheepleton. He is the biggest charlatan of the land, right after obama.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

cmsinaz on June 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Yes, dear cmsinaz, indeed.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Issa needs to subpoena the Inspector General to testify before his committee as a “friendly” witness, and let him start “naming names” on C-SPAN, then bring those he names before the committee. Let it be clear to all WHO was using the IRS, which is supposed to be a politically-neutral tax collection agency, to punish conservatives.

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Hahahahah! What a bunch of scumbags.

ZachV on June 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM

So, 100% Tea to 25% Prog.

Where is the sanctimonious Prog outrage on behalf of a minority group being labeled as “different”?

Progs. New World Fascists.

budfox on June 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

OT, ot on topic…as all is on topic nowadays – in America today a 19 years old can’t read her own letter.

You pay for the education of such and then for the phonelady and they…work at the IRS…and go dancing and etc.

No wonder the land is where it is. Work harder.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Obviously it’s way easier to read cursive when you’re high on crack…

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Well well well, LibFreeorDie. Care to take back taht remark you said a few days ago about there being proof that conservatives were being delusional in their thinking that the IRS were targetting conservatives?

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Of course he won’t.

Whenever he’s dead-wrong, he never shows. He’s pure agitprop.

I abhor how Allah and Ed coddle him. It’s sanctimonious.

budfox on June 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Mr. George is about to become the next newest target of Prog hate…

d1carter on June 27, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bbbbut he dated Imelda Obama or something…

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

OT, ot on topic…as all is on topic nowadays – in America today a 19 years old can’t read her own letter.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

That’s because she never wrote the letter, and finally admitted to lying during previous testimony. She also ‘sanitized’ her Twitter account Tuesday night of things she wrote there.

It makes me sick to see someone lie on the stand under oath, risking sending a man to prison for at least 25 years.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

OT, ot on topic…as all is on topic nowadays – in America today a 19 years old can’t read her own letter.

You pay for the education of such and then for the phonelady and they…work at the IRS…and go dancing and etc.

No wonder the land is where it is. Work harder.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Worse than that. She ‘splained the problem as “I don’t read cursive.”
Anyone think that she actually knew the word “cursive”? Seems pretty obvious that she was coached. By the prosecution. Who, it would follow, must have known that the letter they had put into evidence was bogus. Suborning perjury, anyone?

bofh on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

David Gregory: “Will you resign over this, Pr President?”

Oh, wait, it’s a left-wing Marxist President.

faraway on June 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

pfft, Mr President

faraway on June 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

From the way Dems are desperately trying to obfuscate, lie, mislead (and generally behave like Democrats), I’m beginning to wonder if there really might be something here that could bring Obama down.

Not that I’m hoping for it…after all, we’d be stuck with Joe Biden.

But if we came out of this with a popular mandate to tear down the IRS and institute some kind of fair tax (like a national sales tax in lieu of an income tax), I’d be satisfied…and maybe such an outcome is what the Dems fear.

DRayRaven on June 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

This is my surprised face.

nobar on June 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Not to mention questions about books they’ve read and the content of their prayers. That’s not just looking into new groups, that’s a full rectal exam.

rbj on June 27, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Ahem–only liberals’ prayers exit through their rectum.

I do agree that asking Tea Party people about their prayers and reading habits has nothing to do with taxes. After all, the IRS could easily find books by conservative authors at the nearest Barnes&Noble, if they were so inclined.

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

After all, the IRS could easily find books by conservative authors at the nearest Barnes&Noble, if they were so inclined.

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Or, they could have just gone online from the comfort of their cubicles instead of looking at porn.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Keep in mind that the IRS IG did NOT do an Investigation, only an Audit. This could be important given that the IG allowed the union rep to sit in on the conversations with all of the employees that they interviewed.

I say it is long past time to demand the AG appoint a Special Prosecutor. There needs to be a real investigation and not some silly audit. Put these people under oath (not that that matters) and put them through the wringer under penalty of perjury and jail time and let’s see what comes out.

D-fusit on June 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Blow it up! The American Revolutionary war was fought over stuff that was small potatoes compared to this. BLOW IT UP!

ardenenoch on June 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I stopped believing anything this administration says some years ago. This article is just more proof of why.

Some quotes for this lying administration, whom it seems cannot tell the truth:

“I hate deception, even where the imagination only is concerned.” –
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Dr. John Cochran, Aug. 16, 1779

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.” — THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 19, 1785

This one really applies to our chicken-little-in-chief:

“When a liar became too skilled at deception, he could lose the ability to discern truth, and could himself be more easily deceived.” — DEAN KOONTZ, Velocity

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” — PLATO, Phaedo

sadatoni on June 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The simple fact that no “progressive” group was complaining about being targeted by the IRS during the same time that conservative groups were not only being targeted but were also complaining about it is all the proof one ever needed that the “Equal Opportunity” claim was a lie.

Now we have proof of what was already self-evident.

Spurius Ligustinus on June 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

There isn’t going to be a special prosecutor. Eric Holder will see to that.

GarandFan on June 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

They’ll keep repeating the Big Lie until the low-information voter signs on.

Valiant on June 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

What it all means, of course, is that they tried to cover their tracks when this all began by pretending they were going after both progressives and conservatives, while actually targeting just the conservatives. But they didn’t keep up appearances enough to fool anyone that they were really going after progressives as well. That explains the rhetoric of saying they went after both, while actually targeting only the ones they were interested in — Tea Parties.

The next step, of course, will be to claim that the IRS was instructed to pursue both types of groups, but a few rogue employees only went after the Tea Parties.

One thing you can count on as the story changes: we will hear the constant refrain that there is no evidence the White House was involved. No matter just how hard that is to believe.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

O/T But anti-climate policy of Obysmal people will be next on the target list.
http://pjmedia.com/blog/blowing-smoke-obama-climate-speech-riddled-with-lies/?singlepage=true

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Breaking news: no criminal charges filed today. Again.

SomeCallMeJohn on June 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Worse than that. She ‘splained the problem as “I don’t read cursive.”
Anyone think that she actually knew the word “cursive”? Seems pretty obvious that she was coached. By the prosecution. Who, it would follow, must have known that the letter they had put into evidence was bogus. Suborning perjury, anyone?

bofh on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

She has already lied twice under oath. She must have been promised something to even try and do that with the letter she claimed she wrote. Plus removing “evidence” from her Twitter account? She must have gotten a really, really good deal from the Prosecutor. Not just immunity from prosecution for perjury.

Johnnyreb on June 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

When in the course of human events…

Chris of Rights on June 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

She must have gotten a really, really good deal from the Prosecutor. Not just immunity from prosecution for perjury.

Johnnyreb on June 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Plus good press, enhanced street cred, praise from Sharpton, and maybe a phone call from Obama.

I hope she’s the prosecution’s star witness, and the defense lawyers move to have the charges dismissed.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Why do I no longer feel like a citizen any more?

AltTuning on June 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM

So again the left lies..

and lies
and lies
and lies
and lies
and lies…

but he’s the “mostest transparent president evah”!….

so says the same shamelessly lying crowd of fascist thugs..

Democracy will never be safe in America, as long as the Democrat party exists. McGovern threw open the gates of Hell, and every communist, socialist fascist street leftist, got a degree and crawled inside.. infesting the democrat party like a disease..

Until rank and file blue collar democrats throw the elitist thugs out, there is no viable democrat party. Some are to the left of Castro.. some more to the left of Stalin..

Freedom only survives in any form, because they over reach so much, the public pushes back.

mark81150 on June 27, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Worse than that. She ‘splained the problem as “I don’t read cursive.”
Anyone think that she actually knew the word “cursive”? Seems pretty obvious that she was coached. By the prosecution. Who, it would follow, must have known that the letter they had put into evidence was bogus. Suborning perjury, anyone?
 
bofh on June 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

 
From the comments at the link:
 

Is she supposed to be a witness for the prosecution, or the defense?

rogerb on June 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Breaking news: no criminal charges filed today. Again.

SomeCallMeJohn on June 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

More Breaking News: Tea Party groups still waiting for a ruling, after nearly 3 years and 2 months of intense scrutiny.

cptacek on June 27, 2013 at 2:20 PM

“…it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

coldwarrior on June 27, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Gee, can we get the F.E.C. to investigate the I.R.S. and the D.O.J.? I would think that, if there were coordination anywhere between the campaign and these organizations, there would have been some campaign laws broken. We know people, outside of the IRS, knew what was going on. Did they halt any action until after the election? Who pulled the trigger on the faux question to put this information out there?

There are many, many questions about this and I’M sure we’ll ever get the answers, especially from the most duplicitous administration ever.

bflat879 on June 27, 2013 at 3:16 PM

OT, ot on topic…as all is on topic nowadays – in America today a 19 years old can’t read her own letter.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Carp, carp, carp. A future doctor and all you can do is criticize.

PersonFromPorlock on June 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM