Democrats: New Documents Show ‘Progressive’ Groups Targeted Too

None

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, Friday, March 22, 2013.
National Journal
Shane Goldmacher
Aug. 20, 2013, 8:40 a.m.

The doc­u­ment drip in the IRS probe con­tin­ued on Tues­day, with top con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats re­leas­ing new in­form­a­tion that they said defin­it­ively shows the tax agency ap­plied heightened scru­tiny to both pro­gress­ive and con­ser­vat­ive groups.

Demo­crats and Re­pub­lic­ans have en­gaged in a series of stra­tegic leaks since the probe of the In­tern­al Rev­en­ue Ser­vice began months ago.

On Tues­day, newly re­leased in­tern­al minutes from 2010 show that “pro­gress­ive” was lis­ted along­side “tea parties” as cri­ter­ia that “should be flagged for re­view.”

In a let­ter to con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats, the IRS said that oth­er, pre­vi­ously un­dis­closed, search terms used in­cluded “ACORN suc­cessors” and “Emerge” (there is a na­tion­al pro­gress­ive group, Emerge Amer­ica). The aud­it­or who set off the scan­dal has said that tax au­thor­it­ies had singled out tea-party groups for ex­tra scru­tiny.

“This new in­form­a­tion should put a nail in the coffin of the Re­pub­lic­an claims that the IRS’s ac­tions were polit­ic­ally mo­tiv­ated or were tar­geted at only one side of the polit­ic­al spec­trum,” said Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings of Mary­land, the top Demo­crat on the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee.

The chair­man of the pan­el, Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Dar­rell Issa of Cali­for­nia, is un­likely to be de­terred in his probe, however. Earli­er this month, Issa said he was ex­pand­ing his in­quiry to look in­to pos­sible im­prop­er co­ordin­ate between the tax agency and the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

“How many times have Con­gres­sion­al Demo­crats now tried to de­clare the IRS tar­get­ing in­vest­ig­a­tion over?” said Issa spokes­man Fre­d­er­ick Hill. He said there was “no com­par­is­on” between the agency’s treat­ment of Emerge and tea-party groups. “The fact that Emerge was ini­tially ap­proved for tax ex­empt status, but had it re­voked after its im­prop­er be­ha­vi­or came to light, un­der­scores how much more strin­gent the IRS was with Tea Party ap­plic­ants.”

What We're Following See More »
TAKING A LONG VIEW TO SOUTHERN STATES
In Dropout Speech, Santorum Endorses Rubio
3 days ago
THE DETAILS

As expected after earlier reports on Wednesday, Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid. But less expected: he threw his support to Marco Rubio. After noting he spoke with Rubio the day before for an hour, he said, “Someone who has a real understanding of the threat of ISIS, real understanding of the threat of fundamentalist Islam, and has experience, one of the things I wanted was someone who has experience in this area, and that’s why we decided to support Marco Rubio.” It doesn’t figure to help Rubio much in New Hampshire, but the Santorum nod could pay dividends down the road in southern states.

Source:
‘PITTING PEOPLE AGAINST EACH OTHER’
Rubio, Trump Question Obama’s Mosque Visit
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE

President Obama’s decision to visit a mosque in Baltimore today was never going to be completely uncontroversial. And Donald Trump and Marco Rubio proved it. “Maybe he feels comfortable there,” Trump told interviewer Greta van Susteren on Fox News. “There are a lot of places he can go, and he chose a mosque.” And in New Hampshire, Rubio said of Obama, “Always pitting people against each other. Always. Look at today – he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims.”

Source:
THE TIME IS NOW, TED
Cruz Must Max Out on Evangelical Support through Early March
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE

For Ted Cruz, a strong showing in New Hampshire would be nice, but not necessary. That’s because evangelical voters only make up 21% of the Granite State’s population. “But from the February 20 South Carolina primary through March 15, there are nine states (South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Carolina) with an estimated white-Evangelical percentage of the GOP electorate over 60 percent, and another four (Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri) that come in over 50 percent.” But after that, he better be in the catbird’s seat, because only four smaller states remain with evangelical voter majorities.

Source:
CHRISTIE, BUSH TRYING TO TAKE HIM DOWN
Rubio Now Winning the ‘Endorsement Primary’
3 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Since his strong third-place finish in Iowa, Marco Rubio has won endorsement by two sitting senators and two congressmen, putting him in the lead for the first time of FiveThirtyEight‘s Endorsement Tracker. “Some politicians had put early support behind Jeb Bush — he had led [their] list since August — but since January the only new endorsement he has received was from former presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham.” Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that fueled by resentment, “members of the Bush and Christie campaigns have communicated about their mutual desire to halt … Rubio’s rise in the polls.”

Source:
7 REPUBLICANS ON STAGE
Carly Fiorina Will Not Be Allowed to Debate on Saturday
2 days ago
THE LATEST

ABC News has announced the criteria for Saturday’s Republican debate, and that means Carly Fiorina won’t be a part of it. The network is demanding candidates have “a top-three finish in Iowa, a top-six standing in an average of recent New Hampshire polls or a top-six placement in national polls in order for candidates to qualify.” And there will be no “happy hour” undercard debate this time. “So that means no Fiorina vs. Jim Gilmore showdown earlier in the evening for the most ardent of campaign 2016 junkies.

Source:
×