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May 31, 2013

McClatchy: Maybe the IRS Targeted More Conservatives Than We Were Earlier Led to Believe

At Gateway Pundit, notice the words McClatchy (generally a liberal organization) uses to describe this.

While the developing scandal over the targeting of conservatives by the tax agency has largely focused to date on its scrutiny of groups with words such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, these examples suggest the government was looking at a broader array of conservative groups and perhaps individuals. Their collective experiences at a minimum could spread skepticism about the fairness of a powerful agency that should be above reproach and at worst could point to a secret political vendetta within the government against conservatives.

That's not minimizing this, as we've come to expect. That's discussing it plainly.

They discuss several stories of groups which did not have "tea party" and "patriot" in their names, strongly suggesting this was a general vendetta against conservatism.

For example:

Sue Martinek of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, already knows what happened to her and others involved in the Coalition for Life of Iowa.

...

Martinek said the woman never offered a first name. A woman’s voice on a recording at her phone number doesn’t give a name, and messages left by McClatchy brought no response.

Richards told Martinek by phone in early 2009 that the group’s application had been approved, Martinek said. But Richards added a condition, according to Martinek. Board members first needed to sign a letter promising not to picket in front of Planned Parenthood offices, Martinek said.

...

Ironically, Planned Parenthood does enjoy the type of tax-exempt status that Martinek’s group originally sought.

Again, not minimizing this.


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