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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:26 PM

 

Issa directed Treasury inspector general to ignore IRS treatment of liberal groups

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The bombshell IRS audit released in May omitted information about liberal groups at the request of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s office.

A spokesman for Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George told The Hill on Tuesday that Issa had requested investigators “narrowly focus on tea party organizations.”

The subsequent audit concluded the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” to single out for additional scrutiny tea party groups that applied for tax exempt status. The findings lead almost every politician, including President Barack Obama, to denounce the IRS. Several Republicans suggested the audit indicated the White House had a Nixonian “enemies list.”


Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, Issa said the IRS appeared to have been targeting Obama’s political opponents “perhaps not on his request” but “on his behalf.”

But new documents have revealed that liberal and progressive groups received similar treatment from the IRS. The “inappropriate criteria” used to single out tea party groups — so-called “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) memos — also singled out progressive and “Occupy” groups.

“We did not review the use, disposition, purpose or content of the other BOLOs. That was outside the scope of our audit,” the Treasury inspector general spokesman told The Hill.

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Reply Issa directed Treasury inspector general to ignore IRS treatment of liberal groups (Original post)
Katashi_itto Jun 2013 OP
Lasher Jun 2013 #1
Katashi_itto Jun 2013 #3
arely staircase Jun 2013 #2
DevonRex Jun 2013 #4
Katashi_itto Jun 2013 #5
DevonRex Jun 2013 #11
B Calm Jun 2013 #6
Katashi_itto Jun 2013 #7
malaise Jun 2013 #8
RoccoR5955 Jun 2013 #9
Katashi_itto Jun 2013 #10

Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:38 PM

1. Then how about another audit?

Too late, news cycle and all that.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 12:12 AM

3. Wish the Dem would run with this.

 

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:39 PM

2. game, set

match

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:10 AM

4. So Issa preselected tea party groups to be

the subject of the audit and got results that only included tea party groups. How dishonest. And unsurprising.

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Response to DevonRex (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:51 AM

5. Standard Teabagger M.O. isn't it, and he will see no jail time either

 

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:14 PM

11. Yeah, he always manages to

do dishonest things and not get punished. He gives me the creeps just looking at him now.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:10 AM

6. I could never understand why this

 

was some sort of scandal in the first place. Even if it was just tea bag groups, it's the IRS job to look for tax cheats.

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Response to B Calm (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:17 AM

7. Whats the real scandal is every one of the Teabagger Groups

 

that was looked at was approved.

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:37 AM

8. So who is going to prison for this one?

Where is the House ethics committee when we need it?

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Response to Katashi_itto (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:47 AM

9. Why is Issa not in jail? n/t

 

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:12 AM

10. Agree!

 

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