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What Right-Wing Media Won't Tell You: Cincinnati IRS Initially Flagged Tea Party Group | Research | Media Matters for America
Right-wing media are cherry-picking newly released emails from Judicial Watch to allege that the Washington D.C. office of the IRS initiated the flagging of Tea Party groups, omitting the full email chain that reveals the Cincinnati IRS office first flagged Tea Party applicants for tax-exempt status for further review.
Judicial Watch Released Batch Of Email Correspondence Between IRS Officials Pursuant To FOIA Request.
On May 14, conservative group Judicial Watch released a batch of documents dating back to February 2010 that included a chain of email correspondence between the Cincinnati, Ohio Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office and the Washington D.C., based IRS office. Judicial Watch reported that "The documents came in response to an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013." [Judicial Watch Press Room,5/14/15
Released Emails Reveal Cincinnati Originally Flagged Tea Party Group As "High Profile"February 25, 2010: Cincinnati IRS Employee First Flagged Tea Party Group As "High Profile" Case.
Judicial Watch's emails show that the first person to flag a Tea Party group as a "high profile" case was a Cincinnati IRS employee, who notified his superior, Screen Group Manager John Shafer, in Cincinnati, of his decision to flag the group citing indications of "possible future political candidate support," which would disqualify the group from 501(c)(3) status. The email reads:
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