Facts show IRS targeting limited to Tea Party groups


House Republicans have released another report that sheds some much-needed sunlight on the early stages of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative groups. The report starts by identifying the first three cases that were tagged for special review in 2010: the Prescott, AZ Tea Party; the Albuquerque, NM Tea Party; and the American Junto in Cincinnati. Of those three, two dropped their applications in the wake of IRS questioning, while the third has yet to have their case resolved.

The new report also confirmed what Tea Party Patriots has known for a long time: that the IRS targeting was limited solely to tea party organizations, and that subsequent efforts by the IRS to stop politicizing the process have been half-hearted and ineffective at best.

“[O]nly Tea Party applicants received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs,” says the report. Moreover, “public and nonpublic analyses of IRS data show that the IRS routinely approved liberal applications while holding and scrutinizing conservative applications.”

This isn’t news to us. Some on the left attempt to muddy the waters by saying the IRS targeted both conservative and liberal groups. While the facts tell a different story, even non-political targeting of law-aiding citizens by a government agency, should not be tolerated. For months we have been asking, “Where is the outrage?” We’re beginning to doubt we’ll ever see it from across the aisle.

The extra scrutiny IRS officials directed toward conservative groups effectively silenced thousands of Americans, thereby violating their First Amendment right to free speech. Not once have we, or any other Tea Party group, asked for special treatment. We’ve only asked that the law be applied equally and fairly.

It’s time for serious, deep-rooted reform within the IRS. It’s time for IRS officials to come clean and cooperate with the Congressional investigation. No more obfuscating; no more half-truths and secrecy.  It’s a sad day in America when we have to wait this long to find out what happened inside a government agency.