Late Night: IRS Apologizes for Doing Its Job
In case you were wondering if rich conservatives controlled the levers of power, wonder no more:
The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.
Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.
Oh, and now Mitch McConnell wants an investigation. Das ist zum Kotzen.
So when we see the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot” attached to a group, that’s not supposed to be a good indicator of whether the group engages in political action? Really? Really? As TBogg reminds us, the “TEA” part of the modern astroturf “Tea Party” wing of the GOP stands for “Taxed Enough Already” — how is that not a political stance?
Amazing, how conservative front groups funded by far-right hyper-rich folk like the Koch brothers and the Coors family can in essence whine that just because their groups’ names are pretty blatant in their political coding, doesn’t mean they aren’t tax exempt after all.
Meanwhile, the IRS, already so horrifically underfunded — by Congressional design — that it can’t hunt down the biggest tax cheats, now must put up with Mitch McConnell’s grandstanding garbage?