IRS Blames “Low-Level Workers” For Harassing Tea Party Groups in 2012

When Tea Party organizations began complaining early last year about oddly specific demands the IRS made in order to approve their non-profit status, they thought something was amiss.

They spelled “illegal” wrong.

Friday, the IRS admitted and apologized for targeting groups with the name “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their name applying for tax-exempt status. The information demanded by the IRS included names of members, donor lists, and other confidential information.

There are so many cases that Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr. has opened an investigation.

Even though the IRS has apologized to Tea Party groups across the nation, they have yet to accept full responsibility for the witch hunt. Lois Lerner, director of the tax-exempt division of the IRS, stated that “low-level employees in Cincinnati” were to blame for the harassment.

The nation’s largest Tea Party organization, Tea Party Patriots, rejected the idea that the illegal harassment was isolated, saying: “It is suspicious that the activity of these ‘low-level workers’ was unknown to IRS leadership at the time it occurred.” They may have a point, since President Obama joked about auditing his political enemies back in 2009.

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