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‘Lookout List’ Not Much Broader Than Originally Thought, Contrary to Reports

Posted By admin On June 25, 2013 @ 11:24 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Eliana Johnson
nationalreview.com [1]
June 25, 2013

Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel on Monday told reporters that the now-infamous “Be On The Lookout” list was far broader than was originally disclosed in the Treasury Department inspector general’s report. Reports from outlets including the Associated Press, which I cited in my original report [2], and now Bloomberg News [3], confirmed Werfel’s account, indicating that various versions of the list not only included terms like “tea party,” but also “progressive,” “Occupy,” and “Israel.”

A November 2010 version of the list [4] obtained by National Review Online, however, suggests that while the list did contain the word “progressive,” screeners were in fact instructed to treat “progressive” groups differently from “tea party” groups. Whereas screeners were merely alerted that a designation of 501(c)(3) status “may not be appropriate” for applications containing the word ”progressive” – 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from conducting any political activities – they were told to send those of tea-party groups off IRS higher-ups for further scrutiny.

That means the applications of progressive groups could be approved on the spot by line agents, while those of tea-party groups could not. Furthermore, the November 2010 list noted that tea-party cases were “currently being coordinated with EOT,” which stands for Exempt Organizations Technical, a group of tax lawyers in Washington, D.C. Those of progressive groups were not.

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[1] nationalreview.com: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/351930/lookout-list-not-much-broader-originally-thought-contrary-reports-eliana-johnson

[2] original report: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/351905/irs-chief-discrimination-longer-was-broader-previously-disclosed-eliana-johnson

[3] Bloomberg News: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-24/irs-screened-applications-using-progressive-israel-.html

[4] version of the list: http://global.nationalreview.com/pdf/irs-tea-party_062413.pdf

[5] IRS IG Report: Targeting Conservatives Began In 2010: http://www.prisonplanet.com/irs-ig-report-targeting-conservatives-began-in-2010.html

[6] Second Top IRS Official Resigns Over Scandal – One Month Before Scheduled To Retire: http://www.prisonplanet.com/second-top-irs-official-resigns-over-scandal-%e2%80%93-one-month-before-scheduled-to-retire.html

[7] IG: IRS Targeted 100% With ‘Tea Party’ in Name; 30% With ‘Progress’ or ‘Progressive’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ig-irs-targeted-100-with-tea-party-in-name-30-with-progress-or-progressive.html

[8] TMZ Denies Reports That It Wants Its Own Private Drone: http://www.prisonplanet.com/tmz-denies-reports-that-it-wants-its-own-private-drone.html

[9] The Red List: Prepper Put on No Fly List, Escorted Off Plane Under Armed Guard: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-red-list-prepper-put-on-no-fly-list-escorted-off-plane-under-armed-guard.html

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