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  •  The objective criteria (3+ / 0-)
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    was that their applications indicated that there was a risk that they were political organizations.  Objectively speaking, in 2010, there was a risk that an organization with "Tea Party," "Patriot" or "9/12" in its name was alsoa political organization.  Is that even a debatable point?

    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

    by Old Left Good Left on Wed May 15, 2013 at 09:28:04 AM PDT

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    •  And there was no risk of lefty groups (2+ / 0-)
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      doing the same?  There were multiple ways of designing filters that would avoid targeting only RW groups.

      •  In 2010 there was a Tea Party explosion. How (1+ / 0-)
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        could a group with Tea Party in the name not be political is a fair question.

      •  A distinct minority of applicants (1+ / 0-)
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        that were sent to the special unit set up to review political organizations were "Tea Party," "Patriot" or "9/12" groups.  The TIGTA report does not identify the nature of the majority of the groups subject to review.

        The TIGTA report also says that every "Tea Party," "Patriot" or "9/12" that was sent to the special unit met the criteria--disregarding its name--for being at risk of being a political organization.

         

        "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

        by Old Left Good Left on Wed May 15, 2013 at 09:53:39 AM PDT

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        •  The exact breakdown was (0+ / 0-)

          72 "Tea Party" groups
          13 "Patriot" groups
          11 "9/12" groups

          202 other groups

          Also, I reread the TIGTA report--in fact, TIGTA did not conclude that all "Tea Party," "Patriot" or "9/12" groups met the criteria heightened review.  19% (based on a statistical sample) did not, according to TIGTA, meet the criteria.  However, that is apparently based on completed files and not applications, and the IRS disputed TIGTA's conclusion.

          Note that if 81% of "Tea Party," "Patriot" or "9/12" groups were correctly identified as being at risk of being political organizations based on their names, that is a higher percentage than were identified by other means.

          "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

          by Old Left Good Left on Wed May 15, 2013 at 10:51:38 AM PDT

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