IRS Also Targeted Anti-Govt. Groups, Scads of Others
Groups concerned with Constitution, taxes, spending, etc.
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 7:25 AM CDT
Updated May 13, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
This March 22, 2013, file photo, shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – The IRS scandal goes beyond the Tea Party: Documents show that over the past two years while evaluating applications for tax-exempt status, officials also zeroed in on groups that criticized the government or educated Americans about the Constitution or the Bill of Rights; as well as groups that were interested in taxes, government spending, or government debt; limiting or expanding the government; improving America; or "social economic reform."

The documents show how the Cincinnati office frequently redefined the types of groups that should be targeted for increased scrutiny, even after division chief Lois Lerner objected in June 2011, the Washington Post reports. In March 2012, then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman testified before Congress that the IRS was not singling out conservative groups, the Wall Street Journal reports. It wasn't until May 2012 that a neutral policy was adopted, with the IRS agreeing to target any group that was significantly concerned with political campaigns. The documents don't make it clear who the decision-maker was, Reuters reports.

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793tango
May 13, 2013 7:36 PM CDT
Yeah and under Bush the IRS targeted environmental groups, animal rights groups, anti-war groups and of course anything Muslim. The point is......?
TheJman
May 13, 2013 4:13 PM CDT
Communist IRS...Obama is the second coming of Hitler in the 21st century! Stealing our money, means to protect ourselves, etc. The end of America is coming soon due to the democrats!
charlesm1a1
May 13, 2013 3:09 PM CDT
Time to do away with all tax exemptions - churches included . Anyone that think that these organizations are not political should have finished grade school.