IRS Also Screened for 'Israel,' 'Progressive,' 'Occupy'
New chief admits screening was broader, longer than previously thought
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2013 3:56 PM CDT
Updated Jun 24, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel testifies on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Tea Party groups weren't the only ones targeted by the IRS. Documents obtained by Bloomberg reveal the agency also used terms such as "Israel," "progressive," and "occupy" when applying extra scrutiny to groups seeking tax-exempt status. New agency chief Danny Werfel earlier confirmed that there were more "be on the lookout" lists than just the already known Tea Party-related ones—and that some lists were still being used as recently as last month— but did not disclose what words featured on those lists, the AP reports.

"There was a wide-ranging set of categories and cases that spanned a broad spectrum" on the lists, Werfel says. He says he will officially release more information soon, once the lists have been censored to protect groups' privacy, NPR reports. However, Werfel still maintains that no evidence of "intentional wrongdoing" has been found. "I'm not providing a definitive conclusion that no intentional wrongdoing occurred," he clarified. "What I'm suggesting is that based on the ongoing review to date, no evidence has yet surfaced."

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19_56_19_55
Jun 26, 2013 8:18 AM CDT
The IRS is and has been run buy people that have been known to go after people they went to school with a bully if you will. I was called into IRS back in 1985 and the room was separated to where they had about ten little boxes where you would go sit down with an IRS person to go over your taxes an audit to see if you cheated uncle scam. Well everything was fine with me but the guy next to me had his panties in a knot cause the IRS person that called him in used to go to school with the IRS agent. The two men took to yelling at each other and the IRS agent told the other guy. ( I told you back in school that some day I will bully you ) and that agent is not the only one to do that the bastards still do it to this day. IRS should be done with our tax laws are in need of updating. I don't understand why some of them (agents) were never shot
KeyserSoze
Jun 25, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
The solution to this problem is simple......put the word "exclusively" back into the IRS regulation. The original law, as written by Congress, uses the word "exclusively" not 'primarily" Problem solved
CenterLeft
Jun 25, 2013 6:42 AM CDT
'Addressing the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute this Friday, Mitch McConnell delivered a substantively different speech than he did a year ago, when he railed against the supposed anti-free speech administration of Barack Obama. To a room of undoubtedly disappointed conservatives, McConnell acknowledged that the recent much-ballyhooed actions of the IRS did not have any connections to the White House.'