Monday, June 24, 2013

The IRS "TEA Pot Dome" Scandal that Never Was

NY Times Story Needs Closer Review

This update (June 24, 2013) from Salon.com pretty much supports my posts and the views of many of us (on the left, of course) that we can now call the IRS scandal, the "The Scandal That Never Was" sub-titled:  "The scandal has been a fiction all along as new documents show the IRS targeted liberal groups as well ..."

So, these TEA "Party" kind of posters perhaps were out of step with reality all along, you think:

Label for this site could very well read: "There is nothing more horrible than the murder of a beautiful theory by a brutal gang of facts."  — La Rochefoucauld, French Essayist


Original Posts Start Below:

This NY Times updated story is most-interesting in view of the constant attacks on the IRS and how they handled "tax exempt" applications the Ohio office. I honestly believe we need to give the IRS a bit more credit for doing their jobs, despite the turmoil otherwise based on these examples from the NY Times story: 

1. When CVFC, a conservative veterans’ group in California, applied for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, its biggest expenditure that year was several thousand dollars in radio ads backing a Republican candidate for Congress. 

2. The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application. 

3. The head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature. 

Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications. 

However, a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former IRS officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.

Keep in mind, not all disapproved applications were "rightwing" groups ... so-called "leftwing" groups were also turned down for the tax exempt status.

A good segment from Hardball also sheds more light on the subject (seen here).

I will not justify the over zealousness of the IRS, but in this case, they did they due diligence for the public as the rules specified for them.

I thought, stay tuned. But, that tune has been sung on a sour note, wouldn't you conclude????

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