Minnesota Poll: Minnesotans split on IRS scrutiny

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 5:39 AM

Minnesota Poll: When assigning blame for the extra rigor the agency used in vetting conservative nonprofits, respondents divided along party lines.

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endothermJun. 17, 1312:59 AM

Political groups should not be able to call themselves "social welfare groups" and seek tax exempt status. The Tea Party is not a charity. Everybody knows that its primary reason for existence is politics. The problem is not the IRS. The problem is the law that allows this sort of trickery.

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boozlesJun. 17, 13 3:29 AM

Fact: No Conservative groups lost their tax exempt status, which proves that the IRS was lenient in doing their job. This is a big non-story that was blown way out of proportion by right-wingers desperately looking for anything to blame on Obama. This and the Benghazi make-believe scandal will excite right-wing who listen to Rush and Fox News but as for the rest of America who know the facts know that this dog won't hunt come 2016.

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bgronniJun. 17, 13 5:26 AM

Oh course the dems think this is OK as long as it is against conservative groups. pretty sad. Even as anti-liberal as I am, this should not have happened on any group.

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sartobrJun. 17, 13 5:59 AM

"46 percent of Democrats deemed the targeting appropriate" -- Wow nearly half of Minnesota Democrats think it's OK for the IRS to discriminately target and intimidate groups and individuals with differing political views. Are MN Democrats that extremely partisan or just uninformed? Even the IRS and the administration do not try to rationalize what took place as in any way appropriate.

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oldvinnieJun. 17, 13 6:03 AM

Not the Dems fault? Not political? How in the world do you sleep at night?

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dentesterJun. 17, 13 6:33 AM

Wow, this is sad news. It says that people will allow their government to do anything as long as their party is in charge. The Great Experiment in self-government seems to be over.

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odinmanJun. 17, 13 7:01 AM

I just cannot believe that some would rationalize or pooh-pooh the targeting and intimidation of groups by the most powerful agency in the federal government. This should not be a partison issue. The only conclusions one can make are that the Dems are either really shallow or that they simply do not care about an over-reaching all powerful federal government controlled by the executive branch.

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foneboothJun. 17, 13 7:05 AM

This is only an issue when one's party is out of power...wasn't always this way, but it is now...

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Spiker1Jun. 17, 13 7:06 AM

@Boozles: I don't think the families of those who were killed at Benghazi would agree that the the scandal is make believe.....how can you say that....they have evidence that the administration stood by while the consulate was over run....and then they covered it up.....so you just keep drinking that kool aid.....This administration is about a corrupt as it can get (not that other administrations in the past are any less corrupt)

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ontherecordJun. 17, 13 7:13 AM

bgronni: "Oh course the dems think this is OK as long as it is against conservative groups. pretty sad. " What is sad is that the IRS denied tax-exempt status to only ONE group: a LIBERAL group. However, every single far-right propaganda group slipped by. Now that's clear bias against liberals.

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