June 24th, 2013
04:59 PM ET
9 years ago

IRS also targeted progressive groups

Washington (CNN) – The Internal Revenue Service targeted liberal groups as well as conservatives seeking tax-exempt status, a Democratic congressman charged on Monday after the agency acknowledged the inappropriate practice continued until last month.

Rep. Sander Levin said the term "progressives" was included on IRS screening lists of applicants for tax-exempt status made available to Congress on Monday.

Read a "BOLO" from November 2010 here.


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  1. Malory Archer

    What's that terrible clattering sound?! It's the wheels once again falling off the Grand Obstructionist Party's runaway scandalmobile!

    June 25, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Malory Archer


    Which "progressive" groups got extra scrutiny? Why are just NOW hearing about the fact they exist? How many of the "progressive" groups had applications delayed? How long were they delayed for?

    You know,

    A little "journalism" sure would be nice at some point.


    That information has always been available to anyone with access to the internets. But reporting that EVERYONE was being scrutinized wouldn't be a story, nor would it sell advertising.

    June 25, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Matt wrote on page 2:

    Hmmm how convenient that this "new" information comes out weeks later.
    What is not being said in the article is that the initial investigation was to answer the question, "Are conservative groups being targeted?" The apparent answer is yes, and investigating other types of groups was outside of the scope of the original investigation. More recent investigating has turned up the fact that not just conservative groups were targeted. Other keywords included, "progressive", "occupy", and "Israel".

    Conservative complain that far more conservative groups were scrutinized. Of course, they were. There were far more conservative applications.

    June 25, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Malory Archer


    Now I wonder if the tealiban are going to pretend to be outraged by this!


    Nah, they'll just deny it. Or accuse President Obama of fabricating all those "librul" tax exempt application in the wake of this so-called "scandal" breaking.

    June 25, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. Rudy NYC


    So I wonder why Lois Lerner only apologized for targeting conservative groups. Sounds like a smoke screen to me.
    Lois Lerner denied criminal wrongdoing and took the 5th. She made no such apology, because that would be an admission of guilt.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    June 25, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Data Driven

    (slurp slurp) Mmmm, delicious tears of unfathomable sadness from conservatives this morning. I'm pouring your tears on my mueslix this morning, conservative.

    June 25, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    two thumbs asked on page 5:

    Why was this not discovered in the IG report.
    Because scope of the initial investigation was to answer the question, "Are conservative groups being targeted?" Other types of groups were beyond the scope of the original investigation, and were not looked at but they are being looked into now. Rep. Issa has known these latest facts for weeks now, but has been suppressing them.

    June 25, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  8. g

    the next republican crash ,will be americas last crash

    June 25, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. M.A.P.

    That's wierd, I didn't see anything on FOX news about this!

    June 25, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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