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Inspector General’s Report: IRS Used ‘Inappropriate Criteria’ To Deliberately Target Conservative Groups

A report from the Justice Department’s inspector general, obtained by CNN, confirms what the IRS apologized for last week. According to CNN, the report states that the IRS deliberately targeted some conservative groups applying for federal tax exempt status, which in turn caused unnecessary delays to the applications.

The report, which CNN said it obtained from a congressional source reads, in part:

“The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention…

Although the processing of some applications with potential significant political campaign intervention was started soon after receipt, no work was completed on the majority of these applications for 13 months.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer revealed the news and discussed the implications with contributors Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer. Begala and Fleischer, who worked in the Clinton and Bush 43 White Houses respectively, both agreed that this scandal represents a “large problem” for the Obama administration.

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