Scandal Widens… IRS Offices in Washington DC and California Also Targeted Conservatives

They Lied – It wasn’t just Cincinnati IRS offices.
IRS offices in DC and California also targeted conservatives.

Via Drudge….
Washington IRS officials targeted conservatives…
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Tea Party groups threaten to sue…
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Scrutiny Deeper Than Thought…
McConnell: ‘Just The Beginning’…
Agency accused of leaking confidential tax documents during election…
Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill…
FLASHBACK: Senior White House official briefed reporters on Koch brothers taxes…

In 2012 IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.

It wasn’t true…
Internal Revenue Service officials were involved in the targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups in Cincinnati, Washington DC and California offices.
The Washington Post reported:

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea-party-affiliated groups, the documents show.

IRS employees in Cincinnati told conservatives seeking the status of “social welfare” groups that a task force in Washington was overseeing their applications, according to interviews with the activists.

Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS, told reporters Friday that the “absolutely inappropriate” actions were undertaken by “front-line people” working in Cincinnati to target groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names.

In one instance, however, Ron Bell, an IRS employee, informed a lawyer representing a conservative group focused on voter fraud that the application was under review in Washington. On several other occasions, IRS officials in Washington and California sent conservative groups detailed questionnaires about their voter outreach and other activities, according to the documents.

Under Obama, the IRS audits of tax-exempt organizations have skyrocketed 79%.

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