Left disappointed IRS did not target their groups too?
In a letter sent to congressional investigators yesterday the Treasury Inspector General that exposed the targeting of Tea Party groups confirmed that conservative Tea Party groups, not “progressive” groups, were intentionally targeted by the IRS.They are mainly looking for an excuse to shut down the investigation before those responsible for the abuse are exposed. They must fear it will lead to people within the administration or to Congressmen and Senators who pushed that agenda.
IG George wrote:From our audit work, [TIGTA] did not find evidence that the criteria … labeled “Progressives,” were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2012 timeframe we audited. The “Progressives” criteria appeared on a section of the “Be On the Look Out” (BOLO) spreadsheet labeled “Historical,” and unlike other BOLO entries, did not include instruction on how to refer cases that met the criteria. While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that “progressives” was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention.
The IG letter stated that only 6 groups with “progress” or “progressive” in their names were given any scrutiny at all for potential political activity, while 70 percent of “progressive” groups received no additional scrutiny. The letter continued, “In comparison, 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were processed as potential political cases” and subjected to intrusive scrutiny. Finally, the letter concluded that it “did not find evidence that the IRS used [the term “Progressive”] as selection criteria for potential political cases.”
Today, the Acting Commissioner of the IRS, Daniel Werfel, testified that he had no information from his review to contradict the IG’s letter – nothing to contradict the IG’s conclusion that conservative, not progressive, groups were targeted. “No, I don’t think any part of our report contradicts it,” he told the House Ways and Means Committee today.
The Left has spent the last month searching for just one “progressive” group so that they could close up shop and end the entire investigation – throw up their hands and say, oh well I guess the targeting was equal.
They can’t find one. Not a single liberal group has come forward claiming they were targeted. In fact, “progressive” groups who have gone through the tax-exempt application process have said, “I don’t know that we feel particularly targeted.” However, the Left did find one redacted BOLO list with the term “progressive” on it and to them, that is enough. The IG and the IRS both confirm that there is no evidence to suggest that progressive groups were targeted in any way similar to conservative groups.