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www.nytimes.com

WASHINGTON -- A federal watchdog investigating whether the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeted conservative political groups seeking tax-exempt status said that the agency also scrutinized organizations associated with liberal causes from 2004 to 2013.

The findings by the Treasury Department's inspector general mark the end of a political firestorm that embroiled the I.R.S. in controversy, led to the ouster of its commissioner and prompted accusations the tax collection agency was being used as a political weapon by the Obama administration.

The exhaustive report, which examined nine years worth of applications for tax-exempt status, comes after a similar audit in 2013 found that groups with conservative names like "Tea Party," "patriot" or "9/12" were unfairly targeted for further review.

www.politico.com

Audit indicates liberal nonprofits also got extra IRS scrutiny

By TOBY ECKERT and BERNIE BECKER

10/05/2017 12:44 PM EDT

Updated 10/05/2017 02:59 PM EDT

A new report on the IRS's treatment of nonprofit groups indicates the agency subjected numerous liberal-leaning groups to extra scrutiny when they sought tax-exempt status, the latest wrinkle in a saga that has mostly focused on how conservative groups were treated.

While the audit released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration doesn't discuss the political leanings of the additional groups it identified, the criteria used by the IRS to flag groups based on their names or policy positions included left-leaning organizations and causes like "ACORN Successors," "Green Energy," "Medical Marijuana," and "Progressive."

www.usatoday.com

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that the Justice Department is settling class action lawsuits brought by more than 400 conservative groups who said they were "improperly" delayed when seeking tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

"The IRS' use... of heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred," Sessions said. "It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions."

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A corrupt Jeff Sessions made this decision. It has no credibility so therefore it doesn't prove a God damned thing.

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