IRS Documents: Conservative Groups Flagged Over “Anti-Obama Rhetoric”

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

But remember, Obama has nothing to do with this.

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.”

The list provides the most specific public accounting to date of which groups were targeted for extra scrutiny and why. The IRS has not publicly identified the groups, repeatedly citing a provision of the tax code prohibiting it from releasing tax return information.

Strange, so how did this happen?

3 Responses to “IRS Documents: Conservative Groups Flagged Over “Anti-Obama Rhetoric””

  1. pat on 18/18/13 at 2:48 am

    Well. Everyone knows free speech, religion and the right to carry weapons is a one way street. Only a hater could think other-wise.

  2. Bob Higginbotham on 18/18/13 at 10:44 am

    Between the IRS and the NSA auditing phone and e-mail of ALL US citizens any and all conservatives and/or anti Obama people can be ferreted out and identified for future reference. When the day comes the administration can round up all of those that might be a problem and restrained.

  3. Michael Michola on 21/21/13 at 3:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure our organization was targeted. I’d like to see the list. The auditor said “You know they sent me down here?”
    The auditor didn’t have a problem with Quit Smoking Boot Camp, but couldn’t get his head around my snorkeling with people on board the Quit Smoking Cruise and in Quit Smoking Sea Camp. It was the crux of their case, and just because I float in the water there must be a bulls-eye on my back.
    They began the audit by contesting whether either the Quit Smoking Cruise or Quit Smoking Sea Camp were authorized 501(c)(3) activities. He compared them to a church group that has an annual cruise in which they hold two sermons at sea. 80% of the time on board a cruise ship (including sleep time) must be spent providing the services your organization was chartered to perform. I explained that 100% of my time, including after-hours support was spent helping people quit smoking and 100% of participant’s time was spent quitting smoking. He seemed to half-heartedly agree, but went back to snorkeling repeatedly. “Are there pictures of you snorkeling?” He scrubbed the entire Summer schedule, during which we had reserved 4-5 day cruises, so that people could better afford them in these economic times. I lost all of the cruise fares and deposits, but the public didn’t lose a dime; because we have never solicited donations and I have personally paid all of the operating expenses to date. They never issued a ruling on our aquatic activities, but we do still offer them, because when you’re wet, you don’t always want a cigarette.