Friday, May 10, 2013

Political targeting

Years ago, I was working with a neighborhood group trying to get 501(c)3 tax exempt status so that we could solicit corporate contributions to purchase land and install ball fields into our neighborhood.

I went round and round with these clowns; spending probably 80 man hours in applications and follow ups.

I was at wit's end when I dropped the words "diversity" and "racial harmony" in my last response to an IRS inquiry.

My application was approved within a week.

So this BS from the feds surprises me not in the slightest.............

The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.

Organizations were singled out because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review," Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

"The IRS would like to apologize for that," she added.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone's not out to get you.


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