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article imageTea Party mobilizes in wake of 'appalling' IRS political targets

By Michael Krebs     May 13, 2013 in Politics
After the Internal Revenue Service admitted to openly targeting specific political groups to audit during the 2012 presidential election, the Tea Party has mobilized to push for a full inquiry.
While the Internal Revenue Service is a federal body perpetually without friends, its admission on Friday that it had specifically targeted certain conservative political organizations during the 2012 presidential election for considerably distracting audits has caught the attention of the entire American political spectrum and has mobilized the Tea Party and other conservative organizations to force a deeper inquiry.
The Washington Post published a scathing editorial over the weekend, writing that "it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation."
But the IRS scandal has become more than just a matter of a presidential apology, and Tea Party activists are demanding a whole lot more than an apology from the White House.
“A simple apology on a conference call is not enough by a long shot — Congress needs to investigate this and find out how many more lies the IRS is telling,” Tea Party Patriots founder Jenny Beth Martin said, according to a Politico report published on Monday.
The IRS targeted political organizations that were focused on matters of debt reduction and spending reforms - and focused their audits around keywords like "patriot" and "tea party," while avoiding progressive groups altogether, as Politico reported earlier on Monday.
“We need to know how did this start," Tea Party Patriot’s national coordinator Keli Carender said. "Who started it? Who knew what and when did they know it? How far up does this go? Does it go up all the way into Treasury? Does it go up into the administration? Who — who is a part of this? How are these decisions made? And what is going to happen to the people that did it?”
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