The IRS scandal which broke last Friday continues to grow by leaps and bounds every single day. We now know that the IRS targeted nearly 500 conservative groups and dragged their feet granting them tax exempt status if they granted it at all; some organizations gave up and others are still waiting over two years later to learn their fate while on average it takes about nine months for the IRS to make a decision. Coincidentally(?) that just happened to push the authorization out until after the 2012 election.
It is also being reported that in addition to donor lists the IRS wanted information from some of these groups about their members and officers which included things like Facebook posts, résumés, and reading material.
But the scandal is even deeper still because the IRS leaked confidential documents to the liberal group ProPublica and an Obama co-chair is accused of using this information to attack Mitt Romney during the campaign while others–including a religious leader and a member of the media–are also claiming they were unfairly audited and harassed by the IRS because of their political leanings.
And while all of this was going on the IRS expedited a request for tax exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a charity run by Barack Obama’s half brother. Less than one month after the charity requested tax exempt status it was granted even though it had been illegally claiming to be a tax exempt charity for several years, and the request was made retroactively to cleanse the organization from its former sins.
Now the IRS is claiming that some mistakes were made by low level employees but make no mistake about it; these were not mistakes, it was intentional and purposeful, done for political reasons to hurt the groups prior to the election, and there is no way in hell that this was the action of low level rogue employees in my opinion.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to this scandal and 9/10ths of the iceberg is still underwater and unseen. I would bet that what we do not know yet is even worse than what we already know and that should have all Americans up in arms no matter which side of the political spectrum you fall under.
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