Danny Werfel, the White House insider who is Obama’s pick for IRS commissioner, recently completed a 60-page internal investigation in which he said a number of other organizations were targeted by the IRS but he declined to say which organizations.
Shortly after Werfel made his statement, the AP happened to obtain an internal memo which claimed the other targeted organizations had “Israel,” “Progressive,” and “Occupy” in the title.
J. Russell George, the Treasury’s Inspector General said not so fast. Progressive groups were not unfairly targeted.
J. Russell George cleared up the misleading information sent out by Werfel on Wednesday in a letter to Rep. Sandy Levin.
George said the IRS did not use inappropriate criteria to scrutinize groups with “progressives” in their name seeking tax-exempt status. The word “progressives” was not used as an identifier at all.
“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.
The inspector general also stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention.
“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George wrote to Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
In fact, NO left-wing groups were targeted. There were 6 left-wing groups on a list but they were processed normally. Thirty percent of left-wing groups were looked at as part of the normal investigation, not targeted. In contrast 100 percent of the right-wing groups were targeted.
Danny Werfel is a sneaky deceiver trying to delay any investigation until the public loses interest. It is the same tactic the administration used with Benghazi.