Inspector General-IRS performed 100% audits of Tea Party & Patriotic groups-Corruption-Few Progressives were screened-298 tax exempt groups-
Investigator: IRS screened few progressive groups
A Treasury Department inspector general says the Internal Revenue Service screened only a few progressive groups seeking tax-exempt status for possible political activity, as a clash escalated between that investigator and congressional Democrats who called his probe of the agency misleading.
In a letter to lawmakers released Thursday, J. Russell George said his investigation found "progressives" was not among the inappropriate terms IRS screeners used to decide if groups merited close scrutiny for political work. Too much political activity can disqualify an applicant for a tax-exempt designation.
Nonetheless, George wrote that "additional research" by his investigators found that of 298 applicants for tax-exempt status that the IRS flagged for possible political involvement between 2010 and 2012, six had "progress" or "progressive" in their names. Another 14 cases with "progress" or "progressive" in the group's name were not sidetracked for additional examination, he wrote.
Thirty percent of such groups got special attention because of possible political work, George wrote.
"In comparison, our audit found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt applications with Tea Party, Patriots or 9/12 in their names were processed" for potential political activity, he said.
That did not satisfy Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.