The IRS Scandal continues to grow:
** At least 292 conservative groups targeted
** At least 5 pro-Israel groups targeted
** Constitutional groups targeted
** Groups that criticized Obama administration were targeted
** At least two pro-life groups targeted
** A Texas voting-rights group was targeted
** Conservative activists and businesses were targeted
** At least 88 IRS agents were involved in the targeting scandal
** At least one conservative Hispanic group was targeted
** No liberal groups suffered the same type of scrutiny from the IRS – Not one
Two established conservative groups have stepped forward and claim they were unfairly targeted by the Obama IRS.
NewsMax has more on these latest charges.
House Republicans want an inspector general to open up a new front in an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service, focusing on the agency’s treatment of conservative groups that were already granted tax-exempt status.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan charged Monday the IRS targeted those groups for extra scrutiny.
“The totality of your ‘targeting’ investigation along with evidence obtained by the Committee points to the fact that the IRS may have selected certain conservative organizations for additional scrutiny after the IRS already approved their tax-exempt status,” the lawmakers wrote to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George, The Wall Street Journal rreported.
The committee’s latest concern involves two groups, including the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and the Leadership Institute in Virginia, which the lawmakers said faced IRS audits costing tens of thousands of dollars during the period when conservative applications were being singled out.
Michelle Easton, the president of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, told the Journal her group was audited by the IRS in 2011, the first time in its nearly two decade existence. She said she was asked for donor lists and had to provide check registries and other paperwork. She said the group was ultimately cleared by the IRS, but had to refute accusations it was operating a list-rental business.
“You get an audit and you’re isolated,” she told the Journal. She feels there was a pattern to the IRS’ behavior, and “that’s a reason to speak out because maybe other people will talk about it.”
Joseph Metzger, the vice president of finance at the Leadership Institute, told The Hill the group had previously been audited twice before, once under President Reagan and again under President Clinton.
Metzger said the audit under Clinton was “particularly savage” and spanned three years and five different agents. He said the one in the 1980s was more “routine in nature.”