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Wisconsin conservative group says it was targeted by IRS

When the IRS singled out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first for key words such as 'Tea Party,' before shifting to criticisms by groups of "how the country is being run," according to findings reviewed by Reuters.
When the IRS singled out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first for key words such as 'Tea Party,' before shifting to criticisms by groups of "how the country is being run," according to findings reviewed by Reuters.

FT ATKINSON, Wisc (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A Wisconsin conservative group believes it was among those targeted by the I-R-S.

The Rock River Patriots say they’ve applied twice in the last three years to get a tax-exempt designation – and they’ve never gotten a reply. The group’s secretary-treasurer, Marv Munyon of Fort Atkinson, tells WISC TV in Madison that he’s spent hours on the phone and online looking for answers. His only reply came in January when the I-R-S said the request needed to be assigned to a specialist for quote, “further development.”

President Obama and the nation’s tax agency are under fire, after an admission that I-R-S employees gave extra scrutiny to tax-exempt status requests from politically-conservative groups. Obama said yesterday it would be “outrageous” if the I-R-S was operating in anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way. But Munyon said groups were singled out if they had the words “Patriots” and “Tea Party” in their names – so he believes his group was politically-targeted.

They could find out for sure later in the week, when the I-R-S Inspector General is due to release a full report on the agency’s actions.

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