If you goose-step to the Republican Ministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, all the wing-nut wonks, and especially Darrell Issa (R-CA), you know that Barack Obama colluded with the government of Kenya, The Socialist, Communist and Nazi parties, the devil, and IRS agents to single out Tea Party groups, a conspiracy to deprive them of their rights. If course, if you goose step in that company, everything else you think you know is just as wrong. Here is the ultimate proof.
The instructions that Internal Revenue Service officials used to look for applicants seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “Patriots” in their titles also included groups whose names included the words “Progressive” and “Occupy,” according to I.R.S. documents released Monday.
The documents appeared to back up contentions by I.R.S. officials and some Democrats that the agency did not intend to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny. Instead, the documents say, officials were trying to use “key word” shortcuts to find overtly political organizations — both liberal and conservative — that were after tax favors by saying they were social welfare organizations.
But the practice appeared to go much farther than that. One such “be on the lookout” list included medical marijuana groups, organizations that were promoting President Obama’s health care law, and applications that dealt “with disputed territories in the Middle East.” … [emphasis added]
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Of course no political group should qualify, because the law states that they must be exclusively public service.
Lets not forget that the people overseeing these practices were self-identified as conservative Republicans, and that some progressive groups were denied, but no Tea Party groups were.
Rachel Maddow has more.
One has to wonder what Darrell Issa will do next. Perhaps he will put on his cape. Look! Up in the shy! Issa bird! Issa plane! SPLAT! Issa Issa!