Last month the IRS finally released the list of conservative and tea party organizations it targeted for increased scrutiny, a charge they admitted to back in 2013.
The filing came after several judges ordered the federal tax agency to do so as a part of the lengthy class-action lawsuit. The IRS had been stalling and blocking efforts to reveal the list for months.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The government released names of 426 organizations. Another 40 were not released as part of the list because they had already opted out of being part of the class-action suit.
That total is much higher than the 298 groups the IRS‘ inspector general identified back in May 2013, when investigators first revealed the agency had been subjecting applications to long — potentially illegal — delays, and forcing them to answer intrusive questions about their activities.
Sixty of the groups on the list released last month have the word “tea” in their name, 33 have “patriot,” eight refer to the Constitution, and 13 have “912” in their name — which is the monicker of a movement started by conservatives. Another 26 group names refer to “liberty,” though that list does include some groups that are not discernibly conservative in orientation.
Lawyers pursuing the case against the IRS say many questions still remain, including the length and extent to which the agency probed the conservative groups. One layer, Edward Greim, also suggests that the IRS may have recently added liberal groups to the pool in order to soften the case against them.
The Examiner also notes "some of the most active and prominent tea party groups snared in the targeting aren’t on the class-action list so as to preserve their own lawsuits."
In a related story, IRS commissioner John Koskinen could face impeachment later in June when the House Judiciary Committee convenes. If impeached, it would be the first time since 1876 that an agency leader be removed from office, when secretary of war William Belknap was ousted for corruption.
This story was shared on Memeorandum Monday morning.
Phil Shiver is a writer for the CR Wire. His interests are Christian Ministry, Common Sense Politics, and anything active. Follow him on Twitter @kpshiver3.