The IRS targeted conservative organizations–and admits it! And is now apologizing for it! Investigations are underway. This is an egregious case of the abuse of governmental power and may turn into a major scandal. From the Associated Press:
The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
Organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said. [Read more…]