Treasury letter demolishes Dems’ latest spin on IRS scandal

The latest liberal spin on the IRS scandal just bit the dust.

In a letter reported Thursday in The Hill, the Treasury Department’s inspector general told Michigan Democrat Rep. Sandy Levin that the IRS did not – repeat not – target “progressive” groups the way it did conservatives in the run-up to the 2012 election.

explosion“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” Inspector General Russell George wrote in the letter dated Wednesday, according to The Hill.

Without exception, groups that received extra scrutiny had words in their titles such as “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12,” George wrote, according to The Hill.

“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George wrote.

Since Monday, when the Associated Press published a story claiming groups with liberal-leaning markers in their name – such as “progressive” and “Occupy”– may also have been IRS targets, libs like Levin have been trying to either muddy up the whole scandal or just make it go away.

Or, as Rachel Maddow put it on her MSNBC show Monday, “This whole thing is over now, right?”

George’s letter should put an end to argument that the IRS was an equal-opportunity trampler of First Amendment rights – but with liars like Levin and Maddow on the case it won’t.

“Congress deserved to know that ‘progressives’ were on the IRS screening list during the time of the audit and progressive organizations were in the review group,” Levin said in a statement Thursday, according to The Hill. “These omissions changed the nature of the investigation and the IG’s testimony is not consistent with his written response.”

Actually, there have been only two things consistent since this whole story broke.

The first is the truth: that the IRS put conservative groups under a microscope to squelch their political activities and help ensure the president’s re-election.

The second is the lie: whatever Democrats are saying about it today.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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