The Treasury Department’s inspector general says the agency is taking “significant actions” to deter the targeting of conservative activists and groups which was widespread at the Department.
In fact the Treasury Department’s Inspector General 2013 audit found:
agents were singling out groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in the name. They also singled out groups that talked about “limiting/expanding government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement,” the audit said.
These terms appeared on “be on the lookout” lists that agents used when scrutinizing applications for tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) (4) of the federal tax code, which is for social welfare groups.
The 2013 audit blamed poor management and the new IRS Director John Koskinen claims to have instituted new training and guidelines to fix the problem. However,
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents dozens of conservative groups that say they were harassed by the IRS, dismissed Thursday’s report.
“To suggest that the unlawful IRS targeting scheme has somehow been resolved is not accurate,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at ACLJ.
Despite the report, Sekulow said, “The IRS still remains institutionally incapable of self-correction. No one has been held accountable. And the unconstitutional targeting continues, with one of our clients still waiting — after more than five years — for a determination on their application.”
So let me get this straight. The IRS has now taken definitive steps to stop targeting conservatives which they definitely weren’t doing in the first place. And although we acknowledge significant management problems, no one will ever be held accountable for using the IRS, the most terrifying federal agency around as a personal political hit squad. Cover-up complete.