May 14th, 2013
12:03 PM ET
11 months ago

IRS political targeting alleged in multiple cities

(CNN) - While the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that members of its Cincinnati office engaged in political targeting of some conservative groups, documents suggest at least three other offices did the same.

Letters provided to CNN show IRS officials in Washington and California contacted conservative groups to demand more information before approving the groups' requests for tax-exempt status.

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  1. Sniffit

    4 letters? You think 4 different liberal or other non-conservative groups out there somewhere can't produce 4 letters asking for additional information? We shall see.\

    "needs to expand an investigation already under way. That one has focused on the IRS's "failure to enforce the law requiring that tax-exempt 501(c)4s be engaged exclusively in social welfare activities, not partisan politics," he said in a statement. "

    Be careful what you wish for, GOPers/Teatrolls. This sword is double-edged.

    May 14, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. America Above Parties

    This guy Issa, billioner GOP from CA loves nothing but witch hunt. That is all he does, not representing the interest of people in his district in CA. His is disgusting , shameless and wasts taxpayer money on one witch hunt after another...

    May 14, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "failure to enforce the law requiring that tax-exempt 501(c)4s be engaged exclusively in social welfare activities, not partisan politics,"
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    The Tea Party clearly are not involved in social welfare activities. They are completely involved in politics.

    May 14, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Remember how all of this started, folks. Someone did a search for groups with certain characteristics, and the result turned up what we assume to be all or mostly conservative groups. These groups were now reviewed sooner than what they otherwise would have been, and they were ALL APPROVED. All of this was done under a Republican appointed IRS Commissioner.

    May 14, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. much thunder..little rain

    those who put your heads in the sand , it could of been liberal groups , not just tea party, americans dont need big brother watching and controling everything we do

    May 14, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. BrianMemphis

    It must really burn you libs that all you've worked for is slipping away by the ineptness of the President and his administration.

    May 14, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Be careful what you wish for, GOPers/Teatrolls. This sword is double-edged." & "The Tea Party clearly are not involved in social welfare activities. They are completely involved in politics."

    I would simply add:

    Please proceed, GOPerville ....

    May 14, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. basedonfact

    The main take-away is that despite the targeting the only group to lose it's tax exempt status was a democratic group calle Emerge America.

    May 14, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Leah

    The point is they were unjustly singled out and scrutinized more than any other organizations. For example not every democratic organization with 501(c)4 status is engaged EXCLUSIVELY in social welfare. What's fair is fair and you can not have the IRS bullying people, groups etc at their whim because it helps their agenda and bottom line.

    May 14, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    basedonfact

    The main take-away is that despite the targeting the only group to lose it's tax exempt status was a democratic group calle Emerge America.
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    The main take away is the net result. Conservative groups were singled out and approved sooner than what they otherwise may have been.....all in time for the 2012 season.

    And, then the Republican appointed commisioner resigns following the Republican losses on Election Day. I'd bet $10,000 that he would have stayed on had Romney won and Republicans regained control of both chambvers of Congress.

    May 14, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Beverly - NYC

    Phony crisis of the day: The IRS requiring additional information from groups seeking tax exempt status, que the GOP mock outrage and hand twisting. I can see how someone doing their job would upset member of Congress. Perhaps the real reason centers on the funding Republicans receive from these groups which would be dis-allowed if they are set up for the purposes of committing fraud. Where is the outrage and the special committees for the devastation in West Texas? Town leveled, people dead, complete GOP silence.

    May 14, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Leah

    The point is they were unjustly singled out and scrutinized more than any other organizations. For example not every democratic organization with 501(c)4 status is engaged EXCLUSIVELY in social welfare. What's fair is fair and you can not have the IRS bullying people, groups etc at their whim because it helps their agenda and bottom line.
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    The fact is that a search was performed to find conservative groups so that their applications could be reviewed. The net result is that the conservative groups' applications were expedited and approved, not one was rejected. Asking for additional info is normal and not out of the ordinary, I would think.

    May 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Pete

    Why doesn't Pres.Obama create a committee to investigate Darrell Issas past in California,boy would that be some great reading on top of running that Hungarian out of town!!Mr Witch hunt himself being implicated and you want someone besides Boehner to cry ,it'll be him if it came true like it or not republicans he's yours isn't he!!

    May 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Thomas

    February 27, 2006 The Internal Revenue Service audited the books of a Texas nonprofit group that was critical of campaign spending by former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) after receiving a request for the audit from one of DeLay's political allies in the House.
    A trip DeLay took in 1997 to Moscow may have been underwritten by business interests lobbying on behalf of the Russian government. The $57,238 cost of the trip was reportedly transferred from a mysterious company registered in the Bahamas, Chelsea Commercial Enterprises Ltd., to the nonprofit group, the National Center for Public Policy Research, which officially paid for the trip.

    Sounds more like GOP money laundering .

    Where was Issa then ?

    May 14, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. JK-MN

    The real outrage for me is why did Congress pass such legislation to allow SuperPACS (501C(4)'s) to operate the way they do. I feel the IRS should look closely at the SuperPACS to make sure they are not violating their tax exempt status. Better yet Congress (both the dems and reppubs) should pass legislation that disallows tax exempt status for any non-profit's political activities. How about clearly defining what political activities are. Congress got their low public approval rating for stuff just like this. It thoroughly disgusts me.

    May 14, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "The point is they were unjustly singled out and scrutinized more than any other organizations. "

    If that's the point, then 4 letters sent to other organizations better not suddenly show up from somewhere, eh?

    May 14, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. ghostriter

    When flying, "certain" folks are singled out for a more thorough search. When applying for passports, "certain" individuals are flagged and have to submit more information. All deemed OK by conservatives.

    I understand the interest, but not the outrage. And after hearing that these groups were fast tracked by a hold over from the Bush administration, it seems i don't even understand the interest.

    May 14, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Leah

    Steven T. Miller is the acting IRS commissioner. The last commissioner appointed was by President Bush (Shulman) but he resigned in 2008. Obama has not appointed anyone to the position and so one was appointed again Steven T. Miller. So please stop arguing your point that "the IRS commisioner was appointed by Bush because you sound as ignorant as Carney.

    May 14, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    @Pete,

    I quite agree about "Car Alarm" Issa's own trouble with the law making good reading, but corporate media doesn't care about it. Neither do the GOPhers; heck, they just elected Appalachian Trail to Congress. The theme this summer appears to be "Democratic Scandals", not "Hypocritical Republicans Investigating Democratic Scandals".

    May 14, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    When the walls come tumbling down when the walls come tumbling tumbling........

    May 14, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    This administration is clearly a dictatorship.

    Stop it at all costs.

    May 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    A bunch of people want to get together to try to pay less in taxes and form a "tax exempt" group, and somehow this WOULDN'T intrigue the IRS? Go figure...

    May 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. rob

    When the liberal media put there head in the sand and carry water for this President and the Dems in general they eventually get run over. The AP is a great example of the chickens coming home to roost. The AP has been almast a mouth peice for the Dems and the President. They along with most iberal outlets stopped asking questions about Bengazi before and after the election, they never covered the Abortion Doc's horrendous murder trial and we may find out they knew more about this IRS SCANDAL. So, how can they respond to this phone hacking scamdal from the DOJ...answer...it doesn't matter anymore. The lessaon sent from this thuggish Administration is DO NOT TALK TO THE MEDIA ABOUT US BECAUSE WE WILL FIND OUT AND YOU WILL PAY.

    All you coolaid drinkers enjoy sleeping in the excrement filled bed you made. Thank G*D we live in a democracy and we can vote these people out in 2014 and finally 2016.

    May 14, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    JK-MN wrote:

    The real outrage for me is why did Congress pass such legislation to allow SuperPACS (501C(4)'s) to operate the way they do.
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    Republicans passed it under Bush. Remember how they passed McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform on the one hand being held out front, all while creating a loophole with the hand behind their backs. Conservatives cannot find as many donors as liberals, period. But conservatives can typically for more large donors than liberals.

    All of it ties together. The lack of Republicans wanting to renew McCain-Feingold, Citizens United, and these 501c(4)'s being on the books.

    May 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I say that all non-profit and "social welfare" organizations need to be reviewed. There needs to be stricter set of rules for what can qualify to be these groups. If it reduces the money in politics, there is a good chance that I am for it. Politics shouldn't have so much money in it.

    May 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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