IRS admits to targeting Conservative groups, GOP to investigate

Posted May 10, 2013 by Michael Krebs
With the White House blaming the matter on former president George Bush, the Internal Revenue Service openly admitted to targeting politically conservative organizations and apologized for doing so.
Internal Revenue Service building in Washington
Internal Revenue Service building in Washington
Citing the fact that the Internal Revenue Service was led by "an appointee from the previous administration," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney attempted to sidestep a political hot potato on Friday, according to a blog entry by The Weekly Standard.
At issue is the practice of targeted audits by the IRS; in particular, audits that were specifically targeting politically conservative groups.
The Internal Revenue Service apologized on Friday for its "inappropriate" actions in auditing conservative organizations during the 2012 election season to determine if they had violated their tax-exempt status, according to the Associated Press.
The discriminatory behavior, once joked about by President Obama, did not escape the attention of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views," McConnell said, according to the AP report.
Republicans in the House also vowed to further investigate the matter, saying the IRS action amounted to "political retaliation," as the Washington Times reported on Friday.