It’s been more than three years since the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that it targeted conservative organizations for extra scrutiny and now the IRS has finally released a list of it’s victims. In total, 426 organizations were named, well over the 298 organizations the IRS inspector general identified back in May 2013.
The Washington Times reports:
Sixty of the groups on the list released last month have the word “tea” in their name, 33 have “patriot,” eight refer to the Constitution, and 13 have “912” in their name — which is the monicker of a movement started by conservatives. Another 26 group names refer to “liberty,” though that list does include some groups that are not discernibly conservative in orientation.
Among the groups that appear to trend liberal are three with the word “occupy” in their name.
And then there are some surprising names, including three state or local chapters of the League of Women Voters — a group with a long history of nonprofit work.
Some of the most active and prominent tea party groups snared in the targeting aren’t on the class-action list. At least some of them opted not to be part of the joint legal action to preserve their own lawsuits.
House GOP members are currently in the midst of trying to impeach IRS Chief John Koskinen for providing false testimony to Congress and misleading Congress. Members of the House Oversight Committee claim Koskinen withheld critical documents in their investigation of the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.
“He had documents in their possession at the IRS that were under subpoena, and they failed to protect those, preserve those and provide those,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz in a recent interview.”When you get a subpoena, it’s not optional. Imagine if the IRS sent you a summons, sent you a subpoena and you didn’t provide it; you would go to jail.”