The Internal Revenue Service has admitted that it explicitly targeted conservative groups for tax audits during the 2012 election season.
Kimberley Strassel of the Wall Street Journal reported during last year’s election that President Barack Obama had an “enemies list,” and those that found themselves on it could find themselves a target of the IRS.
The media discounted such charges and said the Obama administration was too clean to engage in such tactics.
David Weigel of Slate Magazine wrote that there was no evidence of this.
“There’s no evidence that Obama is using the tools of the government—as opposed to PR and speeches—to attack his enemies,” Weigel wrote.
Weigel criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute took issue with the fact that dozens of Tea Party groups had “received a lengthy questionnaire from the IRS demanding attendance lists, meeting transcripts, and donor information.”
Weigel, discounting the possibility that the IRS would target conservative groups, wrote that it was a good thing these groups were getting more attention.
“Maybe the IRS should demand data from new activist groups that want tax exemptions, but it’s irritating, a threat from the government,” Weigel said. “Taxpayer money was funding an inquest backed by the taxpayer-funded police force.”
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