Another IRS scandal: One in 10 Tea Party donors were audited by the tax agency

In  light of the recent vote held by the Republican-led House to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, new evidence suggests that conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS division entrusted with organizations that have tax exempt status, had 10 percent of the names from their donors’ lists audited. The percentage represents a much higher rate within targeted groups, especially when compared to how often average Americans are audited.

The House voted on Wednesday to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. House Republicans insist that that the former IRS director only invoked her constitutional right after she declared her innocence to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Because new revelations pertaining to this case saw the light of day, Republicans were the first to jump at the new information.

According to the documents, nearly one in every 10 tea party donors were subject to audits after groups were forced to turn in their lists of donors, a rate that is suspiciously higher than the average 1 percent audit rate for the general public.

While the IRS maintained that it never targeted conservative or liberty-minded groups at the beginning of the investigation, the agency finally came clean, at least enough to admit that its agents were in fact singling out conservative or libertarian groups.

When discussing the IRS scandal, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) recounted the results of a Q&A session with the IRS. The agency, the Louisiana Republican said, had been requested to review the same lists they put their hands on months ago.

When asked if they had seen any names they had audited in that list, Boustany said that the IRS claimed that at least 10 percent of those names on the list had been audited.

Though the IRS already admits its faults, the Obama Administration continues to pretend that Americans are not aware of the IRS’ tactics. According to the Washington Times, the IRS has constantly urged the public to avoid fearing political targeting, but recent revelations show that IRS officials acted against the agency’s rules by directing its targeting at political groups that do not happen to share President Obama’s political point of view.


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