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  •  There's the problem (12+ / 0-)

    Even if you don't see it

    Right wing political groups given extra scrutiny?
    Make one word change
    Left wing political groups given extra scrutiny. How do you feel about that?

    The IRS, to be effective, must both be, and be seen to be, totally evenhanded and apolitical.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:18:38 PM PDT

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    •  Why is something so simple (6+ / 0-)

      so hard to grasp?  

      Folks, this is a NO-BRAINER!  The IRS is never, ever to be used for political purposes.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:09:35 PM PDT

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      •  As if (1+ / 0-)
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        JesseCW

        there are ZERO rules to follow ? They are registered as CHARITIES , just because they are a political group , does not mean they can break all the rules , no one has even established they were treated unfairly yet

        •  Exactly. Someone should start an environmental (0+ / 0-)

          organization that strongly advocates blowing up power plans and causing deadly chemical spills by derailing trains (even if it doesn't do anything but put up a website) and see how many people here on Kos complain when it gets targeted for investigation because of it's "political views".

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:54:42 PM PDT

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    •  The groups are the ones doing the scheming (0+ / 0-)

      It isn't illegal to be political.
      You can be a member of a religious group that does social outreach.You can have political opinions too. You just can't use your program to raise money for political campaigns.
      Get it?

      The IRS has to use its best judgment to discern if further scrutiny is warranted. It just so happens that the KOCH brothers and Freedom Works have changed the rules of the game. Is the IRS supposed to ignore this?

      •  And "best judgment" was lacking there (1+ / 0-)
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        Victor Ward

        Of course they need to scrutinize applications. That's their job. But if they decided, as they reportedly did, to scrutinize those with conservative sounding names to the exclusion of much scrutiny of others, then the political bias is only part of the problem.  While they are focusing on group names using the word "conservative" or "tea party" they are giving less focus to groups with apparently innocuous names. Names like "Freedom Works" for example, or "Crossroadds" or "American Future". We do know how clever folks can be about naming - Clear Skies or Healthy Froests, etc.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Tue May 14, 2013 at 08:13:06 AM PDT

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