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    IRS Targets Progressive Groups

    The Internal Revenue Service targeted progressive groups applying for tax-exempt status in addition to conservative ones, according to IRS documents released by congressional Democrats on Monday.

    The documents and an internal IRS report being sent to congressional committees reveal that the tax agency used terms that included "progressive" and "occupy" to flag progressive organizations for extra scrutiny before the 2012 elections.

    The revelations greatly complicate the political scandal that has engulfed the IRS over the past few weeks. An inspector general report in mid-May revealed the tax agency had screened conservative groups with words like "tea party" in their name when considering applications for tax-exempt status. Lawmakers from both parties quickly denounced the creation of such "Be On The Lookout," or BOLO, lists. Republicans in particular argued the finding proved the IRS was trying to tip the scales of the election during the heat of the campaign.

    Now it appears the agency's BOLOs were applied to organizations across the ideological spectrum. The IRS also screened groups advocating on behalf of Israeli settlements who were applying for non-profit 501c4 status -- a criterion that may on its own prove politically toxic...

    Democratic staffers on the House Ways and Means Committee released a copy of a BOLO list Monday that showed the word "progressive" was one of those a filters.

    "Common thread is the word 'progressive,'" the document reads. "Activities appear to lean toward a new political party. Activities are partisan and appear as anti-Republican. You see references to "blue" as being 'progressive.'"

    The document released by House Democrats shows that the IRS was grappling with a wave of difficult-to-define organizations looking for tax-exempt status. The BOLO document notes that 176 applicants for 501c4 status had used the same address in their applications.

    Under a section titled "Watch List," the agency put "health care legislation" as an "issue name," advising that new applicants were subject to secondary screening. The IRS also listed "medical marijuana" as an issue name to watch, as well as "occupied territory advocacy."...

    Danny Werfel, the principal deputy commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service,acknowledged Monday that other BOLOs besides tea party had existed and were operational until recently. He informed reporters that he had since ended the BOLO practice.

    The main question for many Democrats, however, is why no one at the IRS revealed that progressive groups were screened in addition to tea party organizations.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...p_ref=politics

    I expect to see those politicians who have gone public with their outrage express further anger on this subject. Unfortunately...


    UPDATE: 8:05 p.m. --House Oversight Committee Chairaman Darrel Issa (R-Calif.), who has selectively leaked portions of his own incomplete investigation into IRS wrongdoing, called the internal IRS report issued by Werfel “premature.” Issa added that the review "fails to meaningfully answer the largest outstanding questions about inappropriate inquiries and indefensible delays.”
    As for the evidence that the IRS put progressive groups on its BOLO, Issa’s office continued to argue on Monday that the scrutiny applied to Tea Party organizations was greater because their cases were handled with officials in D.C.


    Ah well.
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    Looks like big bad wolf Obama was also blowing down the houses of his own constituents. OR, maybe, just..... maybe, the IRS was simply doing their job and making sure that groups, regardless of affiliation, trying to apply for tax exempt status as a non-politcal social welfare group are actually just that. We'll see how much airtime this gets. I bet very very little...

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    Re: IRS Targets Progressive Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    Looks like big bad wolf Obama was also blowing down the houses of his own constituents. OR, maybe, just..... maybe, the IRS was simply doing their job and making sure that groups, regardless of affiliation, trying to apply for tax exempt status as a non-politcal social welfare group are actually just that. We'll see how much airtime this gets. I bet very very little...
    Well yeah. God forbid should anyone actually report ALL the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisturbedShifty View Post
    Well yeah. God forbid should anyone actually report ALL the news.

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    I just don't see how this wasn't known the whole time. But somehow we only hear about the Republican groups being targeted? Yup, seems legit...
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    Would help explain the uncertainty of how groups with certain specific words received faster approval.

    As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups. They included:
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/p...roups/2158831/


    If BOLO got all the same treatment and level of investigation experienced by conservative groups, at a different level which the IRS repeatedly stated occurred, expect the IRS to go on another apology tour for those groups as well. And a big WTF from the administration? You went out and specifically repeated the conservative groups received and where targeted at a different level than all others, and they did not receive all the extra scrutiny? You guys just wanted to resign and drag this out for funsies? Oh and big **** you from both the WH and Congress, with all the budget concerns in government, you're paying for the government expense involved with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eshlemon View Post
    Would help explain the uncertainty of how groups with certain specific words received faster approval.



    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/p...roups/2158831/


    If BOLO got all the same treatment and level of investigation experienced by conservative groups, at a different level which the IRS repeatedly stated occurred, expect the IRS to go on another apology tour for those groups as well. And a big WTF from the administration? You went out and specifically repeated the conservative groups received and where targeted at a different level than all others, and they did not receive all the extra scrutiny? You guys just wanted to resign and drag this out for funsies? Oh and big **** you from both the WH and Congress, with all the budget concerns in government, you're paying for the government expense involved with this.
    Exactly. Obama is by far the biggest pansy President we've had in a while. Those on the right screaming foul were wrong, but Obama apologized for it anyways? How is he going to explain this one? The man needs to drop a pair and stand up for himself and his party once in a while. He is so scared of a fight, it's starting to effect his ability to be effective...
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    Re: IRS Targets Progressive Groups

    Like I said in the NSA thread, they are probably weeding out anyone who threatens the two major political parties. They only want people who play the game to have influence. It is self-preservation by the powers that be.
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    Re: IRS Targets Progressive Groups

    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    Exactly. Obama is by far the biggest pansy President we've had in a while. Those on the right screaming foul were wrong, but Obama apologized for it anyways? How is he going to explain this one? The man needs to drop a pair and stand up for himself and his party once in a while. He is so scared of a fight, it's starting to effect his ability to be effective...
    He never has been effective at any level so what is the difference now. He is a popularity president who never had any qualifications or substance to begin with so why are you shocked that he is ineffective? He was in the right place at the right time and was the right color and could delivery a prepared speech. However, a strong president this does not make!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    He never has been effective at any level so what is the difference now. He is a popularity president who never had any qualifications or substance to begin with so why are you shocked that he is ineffective? He was in the right place at the right time and was the right color and could delivery a prepared speech. However, a strong president this does not make!
    Now you're letting your partisanship get in the way. I said the man is becoming ineffective because he is unwilling to grab the bull by the horns and take on this nutjobs and douchebags who throw a new "scandal" at him every few days. An ineffective President would not have been able to pass a bill as massive as the ACA. Like him or not, he has several major accomplishments, all while having the Republican party do everything they can to prevent that from happened. That is the very definition of effective...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    Exactly. Obama is by far the biggest pansy President we've had in a while. Those on the right screaming foul were wrong, but Obama apologized for it anyways? How is he going to explain this one? The man needs to drop a pair and stand up for himself and his party once in a while. He is so scared of a fight, it's starting to effect his ability to be effective...
    Thats BS. Obama the pansy has gone after unauthorized leakers, fox news and partisanship unless it supports him, and the opposition no less than any other. Whether or not the IRS was initialized at the WH level against conservatives in August 2010, at the same time the WH was spinning rhetoric conservative groups as a threat to freedom and a tool of shadow foreign groups. "Pansy" publicly stated the IRS was 100% wrong to do this and are going kick some IRS ass...but wrong for anybody to investigate the WH had anything to do with despite previous statements or a reaction because of what we said...because I don't know what the hells going on. Which guess one might give Obama pansy points when the WH shield ends up him giving repeated responses of hey, like you guys this is the first time I've heard of this.

    In a dramatic departure from existing White House procedures, President Obama requested today that his staff start cc’ing him on stuff.

    “Look, I know a lot of you think I’m really busy and you don’t want to bother me,” the President reportedly told his staff in an Oval Office meeting. “But cc me anyway. It’s good for me to keep up on what’s going on around here.
    President Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to reassure the American people that he has “played no role whatsoever” in the U.S. government over the past four years.
    ---Andy Borowitz
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