If you happen to be a conservative, or part of a conservative group targeted for extra scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service, they want you to know that they’re really, really sorry. They promise it won’t happen again.
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said that it inappropriately selected tea party political groups for special scrutiny in the 2012 campaign, an admission likely to fuel long-simmering suspicions among conservatives that the IRS has been singling them out for unfair treatment.
The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, Lois Lerner, acknowledged at a conference on Friday the actions were wrong and apologized, according to the Associated Press. Lerner said groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status faced additional screening.
In a statement, the IRS said the screening occurred by career employees in Cincinnati who, between 2010 and 2012, were seeking to centralize work related to tax exempt organizations. The agency said that while it made errors, they were not politically motivated. (Read More)
“Not politically motivated.” Yeah right, and I’m the Tooth Fairy.
(Cartoon via Baloo’s Political Cartoon blog)