Report: IRS flagged groups that ‘criticize how the country is being run’

It’s not hard to believe the IRS’ “apology” last Friday for targeting Tea Party groups was timed to soften the blow of the inspector general’s report on the agency, which was due to be released this week but has already leaked to several news organizations, including ABC News. A quick review of the report confirms everything that’s been reported already, including that fact that the words “Tea Party,” “patriot” and “9/12 project” were enough to have an application sent to a “designated team of specialists to be worked.”

That’s not all, though. As Twitchy reported, other criteria triggering that special review included references to educating the public on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and it doesn’t stop there. Other triggers included “education of the public via advocacy/lobbying to ‘make America a better place to live'” and “statements in the case file [that] criticize how the country is being run.” More than 100 applications were flagged by the time these criteria were established.

The inspector general’s report also includes a response from the IRS. The agency’s take? The problems arose due to insufficient management oversight and they’ve since been taken care of.

Memo to Jay Carney: you don’t need to say “if” the reports are true.

  • RblDiver

    “That IG must clearly work for Fox.” -Carney

  • gracepmc

    IRS requests list of group’s reading material. Group sends copy of the Constitution. heh.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      ZING!! POW!! Take THAT, OBAMA!! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Steve_J

    The IRS is lying. Tea Party, Constitution, Second Amendment, First Amendment, Declaration of Independence.

  • Craig Jacobs

    IRS = New ThinkPol


    Yeah, and this is Fact…”Every “single” “one” of them were Flagged” and scrutinized in some way shape for or fashion, all falling before the election……not just a couple, or a hand full. Every single one of them……..!


    We Are Fuming!!!!!….Resignation from Obama and admin, cabinet…Crew NOWWWWWWW!


      yes and that means biden… we cant survive with biden…

      • vrosebud

        If Biden were to become president, he would appoint Hillery as vice pres. wouldn’t he?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      YESTERDAYYYYY!!!! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}


    Is Not Inappropriate, It is Illegal!

  • SophieRo3

    Page 8 of IRS report: ‘…ALL cases with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in
    their names were forwarded to the team of specialists.’

  • GaylePutt

    Being a native of Cincinnati, I just wish to make it clear that the IRS office referred to as being in Cincinnati, actually is not. It’s across the beautiful Ohio River in Covington, KY. Just sayin’. lol

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Thanx, Gayle…You’ve just proven to America (and the World) that they can’t even get their LIES RIGHT! #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}


    And they were handed off from the IRS to other entities including, ProPublica-a George Soros 501c4 Funded Organization that also has affiliations with Obama’s Professor Henry Lewis Gates. Fact!

  • CatHerder

    Groups that ‘criticize how the country is being run’? You mean taxpayers?

  • Roger Bournival

    A mere five years ago, dissent was patriotic and ‘speaking Truth to Power’ (whatever that’s supposed to mean). What happened to that?
    /rhetorical question

    • Autrey Lisa

      The American dream is one step away from the American misery.

  • Wag_a_Muffin (D)

    Can you see the left saying, “oh. It’s no big deal,” about it if BUSH’s IRS had investigated Leftist organizations????

    • Autrey Lisa


  • TocksNedlog

    To the Left, the Constitution is a “living document”.

    But they, along with their trusty Gosnell scissors, will soon change all that.

  • Autrey Lisa

    The second article of impeachment against Richard Millhouse Nixon was the abuse of the IRS against political opponents. Does anyone really believe that career bureaucrats at the IRS would risk their jobs and pensions unless someone with great authority advocated and instigated it? When it was first revealed about Nixon, they said the same thing. It was “rogue” bureaucrats. Nah.

  • savage24

    If they flagged all the groups that criticized how the country is being run, that means they flagged every organization except the liberal ones and the RNC.

  • CrossWinds

    With great power, comes great responsibility………

    ……….Luke 12:48…….

    ………….. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      “With great power comes great responsibility…” #SpiderMan He learned, KING FINK OBAMA didn’t… #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Paul C.

    Welcome to Obama’s new country. Punishes anyone who won’t agree with him. All his appointees in all agencies should be investigated. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • CombatDiver

    I don’t believe it…. Obama clearly stated at THE Ohio State University that tyranny doesn’t exist in his government and you shouldn’t listen to those that tell you otherwise. Especially when his Minister of Propaganda, less than a month ago, says they heard about the scandal at the beginning of the year and then he and the president this week say they just heard about it last week.

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Simple, really…”Insulated, it’s the Chicago way…”

      “Management” style of set-the-tone, and allow ‘your’
      style to “flourish”…(without ‘your’ involvement).
      (Or just an “enabler” of policy, whether good or bad.)

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Question:Woddrow Wilson, why did you create this COCKAMAMY AGENCY OF GOVERNMENT OPPRESSION IN THE FIRST PLACE?!? ‘Tho, a hundred years later, it isn’t your fault….. #RightWard Jawamax 8<{D}

  • LegalizeShemp

    OK let’s do it, let’s investigate all the people who “opposed how the country was being run” between 2000-2008.