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posted: 4/19/2014 12:01 AM

Left wants no probe of tax exemptions

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Two previous letter writers debated whether the IRS targeted progressives equally as they did conservatives as each of those groups applied for tax exempt status.

In June 2013, the Treasury Department's Inspector General reported in an audit that 100 percent of tax exempt applications with the words "Tea Party" or similar names were processed for extra scrutiny while applications with the word "progressive: were targeted at the rate of 30 percent.

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However, the progressive groups were granted the requested status while conservative groups were subjected to long delays, and unusual requests for information.

In addition, Senators Carl Levin and Chuck Schumer demanded that the IRS investigate groups seeking tax exempt status. Recently, it came to light that Rep. Elijah Cummings was making similar demands. Lois Lerner of the IRS had also corresponded directly with liberal finance groups with similar requests. Email evidence quotes her as saying such things as "You should know we are working on a denial of the application." Lois Lerner has pleaded the fifth, and the left doesn't want any further investigation.

James Kolambas

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