Senior IRS Officials Knew About Conservatives Being Targeted In 2011

AP

AP

Well, it certainly took the IRS long enough to apologize for targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Senior officials knew about it way back in 2011, but didn’t do much to stop it.

A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.

The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted.

On Friday, the IRS apologized for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if those groups were violating their tax-exempt status.

The Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week.

The Associated Press obtained part of the draft report.

That report says the head of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups learned that groups were being targeted in June 2011. It does not say whether Shulman was notified.

Also, be sure to check out the hoops they made the groups jump through. Good grief.

H/T Weasel Zippers

Update: Linked by The Pirate’s Cove – thanks!