It wasn't a laughing matter yesterday when conservatives learned that various Tea Party groups were hit with IRS audits last year (AP, via Sister Toldjah).
The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
The agency — led at the time by a Bush administration appointee [note the AP's attempt at covering for the admin there - ST] — blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. But that wasn’t good enough for Republicans in Congress, who are conducting several investigations and asked for more.
“I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
White House spokesman Jay Carney declared it was indeed inappropriate for the IRS to target tea party groups. But he brushed aside questions about whether the White House itself would investigate.Instead, Carney said the administration expects a thorough investigation by the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. The inspector general has been looking into the issue since last summer, and his report is expected to come out next week, the IG’s office said Friday.
Yeah, when I heard that "it was a low-level employee" comment on the radio news, it was a good thing I had no other occupants in the car to scare them with the "OH BULLSH*T!" response that erupted out of my mouth.
Obama is showing he's more corrupt than even Richard Nixon, who wanted to use the IRS audits to attack his enemies, and, while I'm not trying to whitewash what Nixon did, nothing he criminally covered up involved the deaths of American citizens.