May 14th, 2013
12:41 PM ET

IRS under fire for targeting conservative groups

The IRS is under fire after admitting it targeted tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status. An IRS director said many cases were grouped together for further review because they had names like "tea party" and "patriot."

But she blamed workers for taking a "shortcut" - not "political bias."

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Former IRS attorney Igor Drabkin tells us it's possible they tried to centralize similar cases to optimize processing, but says the question that remains is, why did the IRS apply extra scrutiny to these applicants.

President Obama vowed Monday to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting turn out to be true.

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"If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. And there's no place for it," Obama told reporters.

Our Jim Acosta has the latest.

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Patrick Starkey

    This is not the first time that the IRS has been used to target political opponents. Does anybody remember when they revoked the NRA's non profit status during the Clinton Administration?

    May 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply

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