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View Diary: Death Knell Has Been Sounded: IRS Scandal Just Wasn’t Political (52 comments)

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  •  Whole thing hinged (6+ / 0-)

    on a stupid distinction: the meaning of the word "targeted." IRS investigators have a job, determine who is entitled to be exempt from certain payments and who isn't. They will never have the resources to audit every organization and every citizen. Therefore they have to narrow the field of inquiry, and this requires "targeting." They are investigators. Targeting is what they do. As has been shown they didn't target for punishment, they targeted in order to ask questions, which is what the right wing freak-out was all about. Yet the groups were given their tax-exempt status, every one, even though the indications are clear that at least some of them are specifically built as ways to scam political donations and turn them into unreported income.

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