IRS Awarded One Conservative Group Tax-Exempt Status in Three-Year Period

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A report that was released a couple weeks back by the Senate Finance Committee indicated that Lois Lerner, the former head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Exempt Organizations Unit, was primarily responsible for the agency granting only one conservative advocacy group tax-exempt status between February 2009 and May 2012.

Lerner, according to the report, became aware of an increase in applications for tax exempt status from conservative groups during the Spring of 2010. She then reportedly implemented a more complicated process in order to delay ruling on those applications.

In contrast, the report also notes that other organizations were not subjected to such close scrutiny, concluding that such determinations coincided with the political views of Lerner.

During the three-year span indicated, conservative organizations or groups connected to the Tea Party waited a collective 621 years before a decision was made on their respective applications.

In one specific instance, the report indicated that Lerner sought to investigate Bristol Palin regarding her compensation from Candie’s Foundation, a teen pregnancy charity.

While the IRS indicated that they’ve taken steps to correct the issue, Republican leaders have accused the Obama administration of hiding evidence and demanded the dismissal of current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

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