Originally Posted by nileppezdel77!
Conservative groups AND pro-Palestine groups. Eugh, the conservative victim complex. One set of groups was advocating for 9-12 Project bullshit and tax protesting, the other is trying to advocate for the rights of people subjected to life in a militarily occupied territory by colonialists supported by the US. What was done was fuuuucked up, minimizing the fact that the targeted harassment by the IRS was conducted against progressive groups that are opposed to neo-liberal concerns by claiming it was purely partisan along standard party lines is just playing that tired conservative victim card. Obama and his neo-lib ilk had no quibbles punching left.
Your foolish tirade aside. My first response was "What the hell are you talking about?" You posted no references. You and a couple of others do this all the time. You rant and rave about things assuming that everyone has read the same thing you have. So I had to go looking.
OK. I found something. It say in a third audit (link to the audit report dated September 28, 2017). The audit is a detailed report mostly about the criteria that was used by the IRS. The IRS had separate criteria for each group so I went to the "Progressive" link. Four groups were delayed processing. Three were resolved in just under a year. One took 1,213 days. That didn't seem to apply to the discussion so I went to the "Occupy Territory Advocacy" tab. The audit found three.
I then jumped down to the "The IRS Analysis of Political Leanings..." tab.
Of the 83 (c)(3) cases, slightly over half appear to be appear to be conservative leaning groups based solely on name. The remainder do not obviously lean to either side of the political spectrum.
Of the 199 (c)(4) cases, approximately 3/4 appear to be conservative leaning while fewer than 10 appear to be liberal/progressive groups based solely on name. The remainder do not obviously lean to either side of the political spectrum.
I skimming through the report I couldn't find any clear statements of who was delayed and who wasn't. I couldn't find any reference to Tea Party either so maybe that was a part of previous audits.
Now, in the third audit of how the tax-exempt application process went off the rails, the Treasury Department's inspector general overseeing the IRS has found the agency targeted not just conservatives but also scores of groups with words like "progressive" in their names.
I didn't realize that 10 equated to scores. It is actually a half-score. I didn't read the full report. Perhaps there were scores total in all of the categories but not scores with progressive in their names
In a 2013 Washington Post article, Lerner admits to targeting conservatives.
During that period, about 75 groups were selected for extra inquiry — including burdensome questionnaires and, in some cases, improper requests for the names of their donors — simply because of the words in their names, she said in a conference call with reporters.
They constituted about one-quarter of the 300 groups who were flagged for additional analysis by employees of the IRS tax-exempt unit’s main office in Cincinnati.
I had not heard about the other groups. It was interesting that three Occupy Territory Advocacy groups were set aside for extra scrutiny.