The Internal Revenue Service has admitted to targeting conservative and Tea Party groups with additional scrutiny last year, according to the Associated Press.
IRS spokesperson Lois Lerner said at a conference in Washington that the agency apologized for the special emphasis and scrutiny in applications for tax-exempt status.
According to the AP, she said that organisations containing the words “Tea Party” or “patriot” were targeted for additional review, blaming that on “low-level” workers in Ohio.
At one point last year, 16 tea party groups joined together in claiming harassment by the IRS, something the agency denied at the time.
Certain tax-exempt charitable groups can conduct political activities, but it cannot be their primary activity.
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