Posted 10 months ago on May 10, 2013, 1:46 p.m. EST by Dmooradian
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Par for the course for your man in DC, Chicago politics:
From the Washington Post:
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.
Conservative groups have been arguing for over a year that they have been inappropriately targeted by the IRS.
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.
“The IRS recognizes we should have done a better job of handling the influx of advocacy applications,” the statement said. “Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale.”
The agency said it fixed the situation last year and new procedures were implemented to ensure the mistakes don’t happen again.