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So-called IRS scandal is a charade orchestrated by Darrell Issa

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The thot plickens, as we see HERE:

The Treasury inspector general (IG) whose report helped drive the IRS targeting controversy says it limited its examination to conservative groups because of a request from House Republicans.

A spokesman for Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, said they were asked by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) “to narrowly focus on Tea Party organizations.”

The inspector general’s audit found that groups seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “patriots” in their name did receive extra attention from the IRS, with some facing years of delay and inappropriate questions from the agency.

But top congressional Democrats have wielded new information from the IRS this week that liberal groups were also flagged for extra attention on the sorts of “be on the lookout” lists (BOLOs) that also tripped up conservative groups.

The spokesman for the Treasury inspector general noted their audit acknowledged there were other watch lists. But the spokesman added: “We did not review the use, disposition, purpose or content of the other BOLOs. That was outside the scope of our audit.”

The admission from the inspector general comes as Democrats have sharpened their criticism of George, with Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) dubbing the audit fundamentally flawed on Monday.

Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, stressed to The Hill on Tuesday that the inspector general did not say the audit was limited to Tea Party groups when it was released in mid-May.

The Michigan Democrat also maintained that the audit’s shortcoming had emboldened Republicans to try to link the targeting of Tea Party groups to the White House.

“You need to get at the facts. And those facts weren’t given to us, even when asked,” Levin said. “The Republicans used the failure of the IG to spell out what they knew as an opportunity to totally politicize this.”

Levin’s office first disclosed on Monday that the term “progressive” was also included in the lists until this year and urged the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to bring George back for more testimony.

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There’s more on this matter HERE:

This leaves a new question. The revelation of Issa’s role in the slanting of the IG report follows months of the California congressman apparently leaking out-of-context statements to credulous media to drum up controversy over both the IRS story and the Obama administration’s response to the September attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Will the media continue to take Issa seriously, or will they begin to treat him as a partisan actor who is using his position to attack the Obama administration rather than seeking legitimate investigations?

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  1. Brian Opsahl

    So far Issa promised proff…like 4 months ago…nothing..!!

    The guy burns down his own business…what a face the republicans put forth..?

  2. Steverino

    Shouldn’t Eyesore be charged with contempt of congress or something. Look how he wasted taxpayer money and time just to be vengeful.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    Most of the republicans love this guy…he their hero…!!

  4. Typical liberal argument – simply “presuppose” the conclusion is true. If the IRS behavior was really so balance, why did TWO people who work there as leaders have to plead the 5th? No wonder liberals are working so hard to get this closed ASAP – clearly there’s a lot going on that they want to hide.

  5. Typical wingnut argument – simply “presuppose” your conclusion is true – that liberals have “a lot going on they want to hide” – despite the facts showing the exact opposite.

    “If you hate the truth you hate America.”

    – Ronald Reagan

  6. expdoc

    I wonder if we will ever know the truth?

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/27/treasury-ig-confirms-irs-scrutiny-wasnt-broad-specifically-targeted-292-conservative-groups-only-six-progressive-groups-flagged/

    Inspector General J. Russell George said he stands by the report’s “determination that conservative groups were uniquely singled out for special scrutiny by the tax agency, rebutting Democrats’ contention that liberal groups also were targeted,” the Washington Times reports.

    “TIGTA concluded that inappropriate criteria were used to identify potential political cases for extra scrutiny — specifically, the criteria listed in our audit report. From our audit work, we did not find evidence that the criteria you identified, labeled ‘progressives,’ were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2012 timeframe we audited,” George said.

    True, he added, 30 percent of groups that used the word “progressive” were flagged for additional scrutiny — but 100 percent of groups that used “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” had their applications flagged, stalled, and bombarded with “inappropriate” questions.

    Again, this goes against earlier claims this week that the IRS scandal has been “deflated” because IRS Chief Werfel said conservative groups weren’t the only ones flagged.

    “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,” Mr. George wrote.

    .

    Still not convinced the IRS showed a disproportionate interest in conservative groups? Sure, perhaps numbers help.

    Twenty so-called “progressive” groups applied for tax-exempt status. Only six were flagged for additional scrutiny. Two-hundred ninety-two conservatives groups applied for tax-exempt status. All of them were flagged and had their applications put under a magnifying glass.

    The IG’s Wednesday letter to Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, “punched a huge hole in Democratic claims that progressive groups were targeted as much as the Tea Party groups from May 2010-May 2012, the height of the Tea Party movement,” the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard notes.

    “At this point, the evidence shows us that conservative groups were not only flagged, but targeted and abused by the IRS,” said Sarah Swinehart spokeswoman for the Ways and Means Committee.

    “As we gather the facts, we will follow them wherever they lead us. Chairman [Rep. David] Camp encourages all groups, regardless of political affiliation, that feel they may have been targeted to come forward and share their story.”

    Here’s the cruial part from the IG’s letter:

    Based on the information you flagged regarding the existence of a “Progressives” entry on BOLO lists, TIGTA performed additional research which determined that six tax-exempt applications filed between May 2010 and May 2012 having the words “progress” or “progressive” in their names were included in the 298 cases the IRS identified as potential political cases.

    We also determined that 14 tax-exempt applications filed between May 2010 and May 2012 using the words “progress” or ‘progressive’ in their names were not referred for added scrutiny as potential political cases. In total, 30 percent of the organizations we identified with the words “progress” or “progressive” in their names were processed as potential political cases.

    In comparison, our audit found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases during the timeframe of our audit.

  7. doc: Of course, the real scandal is that the IRS grants tax-exempt status to any of these overtly political groups, be they liberal or conservative.

  8. expdoc

    Of course, that is the law.

    So the real scandal is when the IRS or it’s employees decide to apply their own interpretation of the law for political gain.

    Of course that kind of behavior is celebrated on the left as long as it is a means to their ends.

  9. Brian Opsahl

    No Doc, it is not celebrated from the left …put them all in jail…all of them Doc,

    Most republicans in congress are targeting womens health care these days does’ that mean that you also think that way….not a fair statement sir…?

    This is exactly how these arguments start Doc, you judging about everybody else..hhmm

  10. exdoc, the law is actually quite vague on “political activity, but it implicitly requires IRS staffers to determine how to apply the spirit of the law in the real world.

    Only a paranoiac like yourself would continue to ignore the facts and paint this as a partisan scandal.

  11. Craig Knauss

    Pat,

    Have you noticed where doc is getting his information lately? From Right Supremacist sites like Breitbart and The Blaze.

    Apparently doc thinks legitimate news sites are “too liberal”. I bet he’s one of those that thinks the Chicago Tribune is a “liberal rag” because they endorsed ONE Democrat for president after 100 straight years of endorsing Republicans.

  12. Brian Opsahl

    Breitbart and the Blaze…well that explains a few things….?

  13. expdoc

    Brian,

    I am “judging everyone else” because I want someone to investigate a crime and prosecute those responsible?

    Well, O.K. then.

  14. expdoc

    Liberal boys.

    Do you want to address the information or just attack the source?

    The article I linked has quotes from sworn testimony.

    And by the way, your attitude proves my point to Pat better than any link I could provide.

    So, thanks.

  15. Brian Opsahl

    Doc, over and over you rail about Goverment spending…Issa the fireman himself has held some 30 hearings spending millions of your hard earned taxpayer dollars and over 4 moths ago said he had evidence to prove……what..doc…what after 33 hearings does’ he have…please enlighten me as to anything new or old worth spending that cash….tic,toc…doc ….what say you…?

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