IRS Scandal Expands To Washington DC

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The truth about the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Serviced targeting conservative groups continues to come out. President Obama would like you to believe that it’s not a scandal at all, that it’s all just nonsense made up by Rush Limbaugh, but it isn’t Limbaugh reporting that officials in Washington, DC and elsewhere were involved. (As opposed to just an office in Cincinnati, as they previously claimed.) This time it’s The Washington Post reporting the news, hardly a right leaning news outlet.

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.

IRS employees in Cincinnati also told conservatives seeking the status of “social welfare” groups that a task force in Washington was overseeing their applications, according to interviews with the activists. …

In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed an attorney representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in D.C. and California sent detailed questionaires to conservative groups asking more than a dozen questions about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.

“For the IRS to say it was some low-level group in Cincinnati is simply false,” said Cleta Mitchell, a partner in the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP who sought to communicate with IRS headquarters about the delay in granting tax-exempt status to True the Vote.

Moreover, details of the IRS’s efforts to target conservative groups reached the highest levels of the agency in May 2012, far earlier than has been disclosed ….. (Read More)

Via The Daily Mail you can read one of those questionnaires here. There were more than a dozen questions, alright, especially when you count the sub-questions. Can you imagine the reaction if the IRS had targeted progressive groups during the Bush presidency? We never would have heard the end of it. We’d still be hearing about it today. But the Democrats want to blame this on people like Rush Limbaugh, partisan politics, and low-level IRS employees. As usual, the man at the top never accepts responsibility for anything.