According to the IG report, there were 96 groups with Tea Party, Patriot, or 9/12 in their names. 17 of these groups were investigated when they shouldn't have been. The rest should have been investigated. It appears that every single group with Tea Party, Patriot, or 9/12 were sent to the investigation.
Originally Posted by j-mac
That means that 82% of all groups with Tea Party, Patriot, or 9/12 in their title had signs of excessive political activity. In comparison, the IG report estimates that 6% of all groups that did not have Tea Party, Patriot, or 9/12 in their names should have been investigated.
82% Of these conservative groups needed to be investigated, compared to 6% of everyone else.
It's hard to argue that these conservative groups were targeted when they shouldn't have been. They were clearly pushing the limits of acceptable political activity. But you do have a point in that there was a better chance for the IRS to miss political activity in groups that did not have Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names.
You raise a question that needs to be investigated. Was there systematic bias as to which groups were approved and or investigated. Here's what we can say so far. I included the last article because it provides a handy text reference of all groups that were approved. I was even nice enough to go through 1018 names.
Here's a list of all of the organizations approved. SOI Tax Stats - Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract (EO BMF)
The IRS targeted tea party groups. Did liberal groups get better treatment? (contains a handy text list)
36 have Either Tea Party, 912, or Patriot in their title. 2 have the word conservative. I manually found 32 verifiable groups that were conservative.
7 have the words progress or progressive, none have the words liberal, or Democrat. And I found 11 groups that were verifiable progressive leaning.
I also found 8 groups that were political, but non-partisan.
That's 70 conservative groups approved, and 18 liberal or progressive leaning groups. This is kind of what we would expect, both sides are bending/breaking the rules, but it's an 80/20 conservative/liberal split.
Oh, and for the record, I put the data in a nice searchable form so I can quickly query the approved lists for any keywords we'd like.