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    IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups[W:484,732]

    IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 2012 election - The Washington Post

    organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.
    This actually bothers me more than Benghazi...
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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

    Apology is not sufficient. Anyone involved should be criminally prosecuted for civil rights violations and official oppression. The IRS should be sued for civil damages.

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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

    Apologies are nice but if they REALLY wanted to make a mends they should go back and review those tax exempt groups who have 'progress', 'prosperity', 'socialist'...I mean fair is fair.
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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

    i'd definitely like to see a more thorough explanation of this from the IRS. i'd also like to know why these groups are tax exempt.

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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

    In a nation where we have free speech this should never happen. One of the biggest fears with bloated bureaucracy is that they will use their position to squash or hinder political groups or people they don't like.

    My concern is I wonder how high up this goes. The person in charge of trying to disadvantage conservative groups does not need to have his/her position and abuse his/her authority to try and squash groups they don't like. Charges should be made if applicable, trying to disadvantage a group based on their beliefs is a very severe form government oppression in my opinion and should not be tolerated at all. This is what I would expect from more totalitarian nations with less freedom like China, Iran, or Russia. This should absolutely not be happening in the United States where one of our chief principals is freedom of speech and the right to believe what you want without the government impeding upon that.
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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

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    Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.
    Certainly inexcusable behavior, just trying to make sure nobody reads the headline and pictures some massive conspiracy.
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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

    Simply amazing to see that a political enemies list has penetrated nearly all layers of the bureaucracy.

    Its only a matter of time before they start asking for political affiliation on entitlement program eligibility forms.

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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

    Why do political advocacy groups get tax exempt status anyways? I thought politics and tax exempt weren't to be mixed?

    To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
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    Re: IRS apologizes for inappropriately targeting conservative political groups in 201

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    Certainly inexcusable behavior, just trying to make sure nobody reads the headline and pictures some massive conspiracy.
    While I understand your point and do not believe there is a 'massive conspiracy' the excerpt you provided reveals 'initiated'. Were these 'low-level workers' not supervised? Was supervision so disengaged they didn't say 'hey, why are we targeting only 'right wing' entities'? Or do the IRS workers have the autonomy to approach their duties all 'willy nilly'? For reasons Dig's pointed out, this is potentially dangerous.

    Reminds me of students hesitant to take on professors' comments/positions for fear of grade retribution.
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