Liberals Claim IRS Went After Them Too
They're right. The New York Times says so:
Overseen by a revolving cast of midlevel managers, stalled by miscommunication with I.R.S. lawyers and executives in Washington and confused about the rules they were enforcing, the Cincinnati specialists flagged virtually every application with Tea Party in its name. But their review went beyond conservative groups: more than 400 organizations came under scrutiny, including at least two dozen liberal-leaning ones and some that were seemingly apolitical.
You read it here first -- unless there are a lot of people who read the New York Times. Daily Kos mentioned an article at Bloomberg that also referenced the IRS auditing liberal groups:
The Internal Revenue Service, under pressure after admitting it targeted anti-tax Tea Party groups for scrutiny in recent years, also had its eye on at least three Democratic-leaning organizations seeking nonprofit status.
Outrageous. Something should be done about this immediately. We must give equal victim status to liberals in this scandal. Justice demands no less.
Except no one cares very much what letter was sent to liberals or conservatives, nor does it really matter that out of more than 400 groups targeted by the IRS, about 5% appear to have been liberal.
Liberals are missing the point; it isn't numbers, it's the criteria used to single out applications for special scrutiny.
There were no key words like "tea party," "patriot," or "9/12 Project" that the IRS used to target certain liberal applications. "Liberal," progressive," and any other left-sounding words weren't used to scrutinize applications.
Nor have we heard any complaints from liberal groups about the IRS asking for reading lists, donors' names, the content of prayers, or clips from all mentions in the press of a particular group.