Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:45
Last Friday, the Internal Revenue Service admitted
that it unfairly targeted Tea Party tax exempt applications for additional scrutiny. The IRS picked cases with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names for further review, a practice it now admits was "an error in judgment." Two staff members with the ACLU
, not an organization known for right-wing sympathies, commented that "even the tea party deserves First Amendment protection."
Now we're learning that the list of criteria for additional scrutiny was not limited to the Tea Party
. Groups focused on government spending, government debt, taxes and education were also unfairly examined. Even those focused on ways to "make America a better place to live" or criticizing "how the country is being run" were flagged. It is noteworthy that groups with "progressive" in their name were not targeted similarly.