According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and new documents, 80 percent of groups applying for tax exempt status were conservative, again throwing out the argument that progressive groups were “targeted” equally. New information also shows groups with “anti-Obama” indicators in their applications were specifically set aside for further harassment. More from USAToday:
Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about “anti-Obama rhetoric,” inflammatory language and “emotional” statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.
The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities. In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as “propaganda.”