IRS political targeting would be ‘outrageous’

“If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous and there’s no place for it — and they have to be held fully accountable,” President Barack Obama said Monday.

The Internal Revenue Service targeted other groups focused on government spending and the federal debt that were seeking tax-exempt status, in addition to tea party organizations, documents set to be released this week by the agency’s watchdog show.

The IRS also applied extra scrutiny to applicants with statements that “criticize how the country is run” or that sought to educate the public on how to “make America a better place to live” — designations that would have included conservative political groups looking to apply for 501(c)(4) status.

Those disclosures are included in the appendix of an inspector general’s report obtained by CNN that is set to be released publicly this week, and that has caused widespread anger among Republican lawmakers and activists who have portrayed the federal government as unfairly targeting political rivals.


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