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IRS scoreboard: 100 percent of “targeted” liberal groups were approved, conservatives languished

posted at 12:26 pm on August 1, 2013 by

Granted, virtually everyone understands the broad strokes of what happened at the IRS over the last few years, yet Democrats keep dredging up false equivalencies — so it’s useful to trumpet additional data like this.  Via NPR:

A House Ways and Means Committee staff analysis of the applications of 111 conservative and progressive groups applying for tax exempt status found conservative applicants faced, “more questions, more denials, more delays,” says committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. That is, when the IRS sent groups letters asking for further information, conservative groups were asked more questions — on average, three times more. All of the groups with “progressive” in their name were ultimately approved, while only 46 percent of conservative groups won approval. Others are still waiting for an answer or gave up.

Right-leaning groups were asked triple the number of questions (like this, and this), and ended up getting shot down more than half the time.  Lefty organizations skated by with fewer inquiries and were all approved. Let’s examine the raw numbers:

To recap: Conservatives won the “who got scrutinized” category 104-7, the “who got rejected” column 54 percent to zero, and the “still in limbo or gave up” tally 56-0.  Indeed, as this controversy unfolded, a USA Today analysis determined that over a 27-month period, not a single Tea Party tax-exempt application was given the green light, while “dozens” of liberal applicants were rubber-stamped.  The “both sides were targeted, and Issa lied!” crowd can huff and puff all they want, but they can’t change these facts.  There’s also the tiny details that (a) the IRS conducted its own internal investigation prior to the IG audit, and reached very similar conclusions, which (b) is why they admitted to and apologized for the improper targeting of conservatives.  Meanwhile, the leaders of several established right-leaning groups are now alleging that the IRS abruptly began challenging their previously-granted tax statuses during this same time frame, thus forcing their organizations to divert significant resources to legal fees.  Chairman Issa has asked the Inspector General to broaden his probe to include these new accusations.  Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings — who went from being “outraged” at the IRS, to declaring the issue “solved,” to demanding further investigations — has objected to Issa’s request.  Has Cummings re-embraced his “problem solved” posture, perhaps?  For a “phony” scandal, this story sure seems to have an awful lot of loose threads.

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Truth and facts mean nothing to libs. They live in an alternate universe.

Ta111 on August 1, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Odd, but I didn’t see anything about this on the evening news.

forest on August 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

nothing to see here

cmsinaz on August 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Odd, but I didn’t see anything about this on the evening news.

forest on August 1, 2013 at 12:39 PM

You should listen to NPR then. A correspondent from WaPo said the media has decided this is a big nothing-burger because hey a couple progressive groups were also reviewed.

HumpBot Salvation on August 1, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Cue Capt. Louis Renault:

I’m shocked, SHOCKED Team SCOAMT’s targeting of their class enemies would extend to established groups.”

Steve Eggleston on August 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I’m saving this one, Guy. Great summary on how ludicrous the claims by the left are on this issue.


Chris of Rights on August 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

What a SURPRISE! I mean, how could this happen in an administration that prides itself on even-handedness and fairness?
Republicans, you know what to do, so do it or you are going to lose your way in the political wilderness. This is such a target-rich environment!
Did I need the sarc tag?

ExpressoBold on August 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Republicans, you know what to do, so do it or you are going to lose your way in the political wilderness.

ExpressoBold on August 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Ruling Class, elitist Republicans are happy that over 50% of the tea party/conservative groups were denied.

They got their backs scratched by the IRS, now it’s time to return the favor on immigration.

Bruno Strozek on August 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

There’s something to be said about consistency, in this case that something is “Haul them away in chains and let them rot in prison.”

Flange on August 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Well, that makes sense. They targeted liberal groups to prioritize them and get them approved more quickly.

The Rogue Tomato on August 1, 2013 at 2:53 PM

So its settled then…nobody was targeted because of their political beliefs. /lsm

trs on August 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

56-0? Phony score!

faraway on August 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

If NPR didn’t have double standards, they would have no standards at all, right, David Folkenflik?

drunyan8315 on August 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Sucks, don’t it?

losarkos on August 2, 2013 at 3:33 AM

I’m sorry Guy, but Jack Lew, the Secretary of the Treasury, says different. That one of the “big 4” posts, what Joe Biden would call a “f***ing big deal”. And Lew went on FoxNews Sunday, last Sunday I believe, and said, both sides were scrutinized. The right AND the left. Equal opportunity. He’s the Sec of the Treasury, and you’re what, a writer, a “blogger”? Audience of thousands? So, sir, you should be more careful what you write in the future. The highest levels of the Obama admin are on record saying you’re just wrong. Lying. Please get it together.


Paul-Cincy on August 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Meanwhile, back in our do nothing congress, congress does nothing about this.

sadatoni on August 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

…what scandal?

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

But…but…but Obama said its phony

neyney on August 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM


Bmore on August 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM