The IRS has admitted targeting groups that wanted to speak on issues during the 2012 election season. But did the agency also target tax-exempt groups that opposed Administration policy priorities?
A Pennsylvania pro-Israel group called Z Street says it filed for 501(c)(3) status in December 2009, intending to operate purely as an educational group. Founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus says that its tax counsel called the IRS in July 2010 to check on the slow pace of approval, and the IRS acknowledged its targeted enforcement.
Asked about the slow pace of approval, the IRS auditor on the case, Diane Gentry, said the application was taking so long because auditors were supposed to give special scrutiny to groups "connected with Israel." Ms. Marcus says Ms. Gentry further explained that many applications related to Israel had to be sent to "a special unit in D.C. to determine whether the organization's activities contradict the Administration's public policies."
Here is a graphic that gives a summary of what was happening regarding the approval of such groups leading up to the 2012 election. These are groups who had in their titles or descriptions the phrases 'Tea Party' or 'Progressive'.
If anyone will still refuse to acknowledge that our current administration is behaving as a ‘Dictatorial State’ – well; you may be smoking crack! Our government is now in blatant violation of our individual constitutional rights. These are the very same behaviors and actions of the enforcement agencies within governments run by dictators and tyrants.
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