IRS Also Leaked Info About Conservative Groups
Targeting scandal widens
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
Karl Rove talks to Sen. Orrin Hatch on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – More trouble for the IRS: The same office that singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status also leaked confidential information about conservative groups last year, ProPublica reports. How does ProPublica know? Well, because the nine pending applications were leaked to ProPublica in the first place. The investigative site had asked to see the applications for 67 nonprofits and the IRS' Cincinnati office sent over 31, nine of which had not been approved yet, meaning they were supposed to be confidential.

ProPublica was interested in the applications because it was revealing how social-welfare nonprofits, which don't have to identify their donors and can spend money on elections as long as social welfare is their primary goal, misled the IRS when applying for tax-exempt status. Among the applications released to ProPublica: Karl Rove's Crossroads group, which had promised to spend only "limited" money on 2012 elections and ended up spending more than $70 million. Also included were five other groups that all claimed they would not spend any money to sway the elections and spent more than $5 million. ProPublica reported on all six (here and here). Interestingly, the New York Times reported today that Crossroads and other larger groups were not subjected to the same intense scrutiny the IRS applied to small Tea Party groups; click for more on that.

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May 27, 2013 7:58 PM CDT
Carl Rove is why a lot of Americans are now members of the Independent Party.......
May 14, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
So if Karl Rove's group violated the IRS requirements.. why is it that they don't have to pay back taxes? Why are they not being punished?
May 14, 2013 11:36 AM CDT
I'm having a hard time believing all this partisan BS especially the Republicans. They have a MO thats hard to put much truth behind. They are the biggest offenders but are a whinny bunch that can make mountains out of mo-hills. We'll see where all the "resent noise" goes but my guess it's all just a mouse fart knowing how these dunces operate.