Well, knock me over with a feather:
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said that it inappropriately selected tea party political groups for special scrutiny in the 2012 campaign, an admission likely to fuel long-simmering suspicions among conservatives that the IRS has been singling them out for unfair treatment.
The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, Lois Lerner, acknowledged at a conference on Friday the actions were wrong and apologized, according to the Associated Press. Lerner said groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status faced additional screening.
In a statement, the IRS said the screening occurred by career employees in Cincinnati who, between 2010 and 2012, were seeking to centralize work related to tax exempt organizations. The agency said that while it made errors, they were not politically motivated.
Sorry, didn’t mean to bold that part. I just spit my Coke all over the computer when I read it. Apparently, it was just a coincidence that the political groups they gave special scrutiny to were conservative.
Keep in mind that conservative groups have been complaining about this for months only to have it dismissed as crazy tinfoil hat black helicopter paranoia by the Left. But this was an extremely plausible accusation from the beginning. it’s not like these groups were accusing Obama of using mind-control rays. They were complaining about a tactic known to have been used by several previous presidents to intimidate opponents. In fact, we were just discussing Watergate, which included allegations of IRS abuse by Nixon.
Sometimes, it seems, they really are out to get you. It helps when you’ve made tax law so invasive and complicated that just about anyone can be targeted.