As noted by USA Today: In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.
That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn’t be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months.
In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.
It takes a perverse and willful blindness to ignore the admission of wrongdoing and the apology proffered by the head of the IRS division in question (Wall Street Journal), let alone that the acting IRS commissioner “[…] repeatedly failed to tell Congress that Tea Party groups were being targeted, even after he had been briefed on the matter.” (Boston Globe).
Yes, the IRS has been used as a political tool in the past – by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and, now, Barack Hussein Obama. That it has happened in the past is no justification for its continuance in the present.
The IRS was not “doing its job, as prescribed by law” – it was indulging in a calculated effort to persecute organizations with political views at odds with those of the administration. To claim otherwise is rank duplicity.
William Picou, Weatherford