IRS watchdog says he is 'disturbed' agency withheld documents mentioning 'progressive' groups

  • Article by: STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 18, 2013 - 4:40 PM

WASHINGTON — The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is "disturbed" the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out for additional scrutiny.

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russ999Jul. 18, 1312:13 PM

CON posters will still be posting the same lies about the IRS unfairly targeting CON groups for the next 20 years.

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ruphinaJul. 18, 1312:56 PM

So they only gave him the "tea Party" docs, the crap hits the fan, and suddenly, miraculously, there are similar docs for "progressives". Smells like a pile of dead carp in the hot July sun for a week. Obviously, the TP directives were top of the pile and widespread. I bet we find out the Pro directives were specific to a few highly suspect groups rather than systemic. Bill G.

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EleanoreJul. 18, 13 1:27 PM

"CON posters will still be posting the same lies about the IRS unfairly targeting CON groups for the next 20 years." - Clearly these are what responsible people call facts, not lies. I'd think we could have this corrected in 4-12 years.

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bblheadJul. 18, 13 1:46 PM

Nobody wants to talk about the elephant in the room - this agency is a bloated, wasteful agency that could go away. Proper tax reform - meaning a tax code that is not in excess of a few thousand pages - and dump all the special interest deductions and guess what? We don't need all the thousands who have to filter through all the paper work. Yeah, it won't happen, but one could dream.....

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swmnguyJul. 18, 13 1:52 PM

Progressive groups have always been singled out for extra scrutiny. It's not surprising nobody brought it up. They're used to it. COINTELPRO never really stopped. Ask anyone who has ever had anything to do with groups opposed to war or poverty; or in favor of human rights or the environment. And not just the IRS either, but FBI; all manner of telecommunications snooping, Postal Service shenanigans; local police monitoring and harassment. Old news to anyone the least bit left of "center," whatever "center" is in American politics these days. Going back to before the founding of the IRS, in fact.

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palsarJul. 18, 13 2:00 PM

"Last month, the IRS provided documents to Congress that suggested some liberal and progressive groups may have been singled out for additional scrutiny as well" --- Amazing, these docs have just now surfaced. If it smells like B.S. it probably is B.s. Oh, and swmnguy, where's your actual proof?

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hudsonbuckJul. 18, 13 2:08 PM

Now that we have new data let's factor that into the big picture. As a "middle of the road" person I have no problem with that. But it all smells a little fishy.

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jkopendorfJul. 18, 13 2:52 PM

3 names had Progressive or progress in them... Progessive groups "may have been" targeted?? This shouldn't even be reported without more information otherwise it serves as nothing more than an anecdotal and completely unqualified rebuttal to blunt the public's disgust of blatant mis-use of office for political purposes. Where the proof of systemic targeting, the specific progressive group names being filtered, forwarding requests from chief council and high level political appointee advisors requiring their direction to approve or deny? There isn't any and it shouldn't be reported unless there is evidence of those things.

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smeeagain2Jul. 18, 13 3:33 PM

Releasing information about the targeting of liberal groups would not fit the narrative being put forward by the conservative media.

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lechevalier5Jul. 18, 13 3:33 PM

What we are really talking about are a bunch of political groups that have no business getting 501c4 tax exemption status. The real culprit is congress for not clearing up the confusion.

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