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.