IRS may have targeted conservatives more broadly


IRS may have targeted conservatives more broadly
By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON A group of anti-abortion activists in Iowa had to promise the Internal Revenue Service it wouldn’t picket in front of Planned Parenthood.

Catherine Engelbrecht’s family and business in Texas were audited by the government after her voting-rights group sought tax-exempt status from the IRS.

Retired military veteran Mark Drabik of Nebraska became active in and donated to conservative causes, then found the IRS challenging his church donations.

While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, these examples suggest the government was looking at a broader array of conservative groups and perhaps individuals. Their collective experiences at a minimum could spread skepticism about the fairness of a powerful agency that should be above reproach and at worst could point to a secret political vendetta within the government against conservatives.

The MSM have been doing a bit more dot-connecting, a bit less tardily, and maybe a bit more openly than has been their wont. Maybe the bloom is off the rose? For how long? November, 2014 cometh.


It is one of government’s most powerful tools. They are going to use it.