IRS chief: We deliberately hassled conservative groups during 2012 election

The IRS admits it targeted conservative groups during last year's election
The IRS admits targeting conservative groups during last year’s election.

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday morning admitted that it targeted groups with the words “Tea Party or “patriot” in their names during the 2012 presidential election for additional tax reviews.

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, apologized this morning for the actions of a group of IRS workers in Cincinnati.

She admitted that the staff, whom she described as “low level,” had enforced additional checks and time-consuming reviews on right-leaning and conservative groups to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status.

Some groups may claim tax exemption so long as political activity is not their primary function.

Several conservative groups had complained that they came in for extra attention during the 2012 campaign.


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