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Stephen Green


June 27, 2013 - 9:32 am

Your news-but-not-really-news item of the day:

Refuting Democratic suggestions that progressive groups were also swept up in the IRS probe of the tax status of Tea Party organizations, the Treasury Department’s inspector general has revealed that just six progressive groups were targeted compared to 292 conservative groups.

In a letter to congressional Democrats, the inspector general also said that 100 percent of Tea Party groups seeking special tax status were put under IRS review, while only 30 percent of the progressive groups felt the same pressure.

“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.

It’s the Chicago Way.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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The "extra scrutiny" given these 6 lefty orgs is a crock. This details of what happened to the conservative groups has been well known since early May. If anywhere near the same abuse had really happened to the 6, the entire media would have been trumpeting their names from day 1, and Lerner's stage apology would have had the caveat that they Lernered(tm) the left as well. It probably took this long to figure out how to make telling a lefty group they forgot to sign their application look like an intense grilling.

Here's some other things it would be nice to know:
1) How many of those 6 lefty groups did not get approval before the 2012 re-Coronation campaign? (best guess: 0)
2) What was the average waiting time for all left groups, vs the 27 month average for those on the right?
3) It's hard to believe that only 20 new left groups filed applications. Is that because they only reported the ones with "Progress" or "Progressive" in their name? How about "Occupy" groups? (Of course, it could have been that they already had a ten-thousand group lead on the right, and didn't need any more.)
4) What were the intrusive questions that were asked of the lefty groups, like donor lists, childrens' facebook pages, contents of their prayers to Gaia, etc?

Excluding the clearly non-partisan, religious and/or charitable orgs, I think the IRS should make public the entire list of applicants for 501c3/4 since March 2009, with they date they applied, the date and type of determination, and let us analyze the patterns. I'll bet there are a whole bunch more issues out there, like personal audits of donors, etc.
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