The IRS Caresses the Left, Hammers the Right
Data deepen suspicions that the IRS is the latest weapon in the Left’s arsenal.


Deroy Murdock

According to Team Obama’s “phony scandal” narrative, when the IRS processed 501(c) (3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exemption applications, it equally tormented liberals and conservatives. No big deal, the argument goes. The IRS suffers from even-handed inefficiency rather than an un-American habit of slamming critics of the president of the United States.

Unfortunately for the Obamites, actual facts annihilate their institutional-incompetence defense. New data deepen the suspicion that the IRS is the latest and most worrisome weapon in the Left’s arsenal.

Source: House Ways and Means Committee

Using his authority under Internal Revenue Code Section 6103, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) requested and received data from the IRS on the 298 “political advocacy” groups that the tax agency was subjecting to secondary screening as of May 31, 2012. Committee staffers compared these groups’ names against identifiers on the IRS’s “Be on the Lookout” list — namely, “progressive” (on the left) and “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” “9/12,” and “conservative” (on the right). This yielded 111 groups, of which staffers developed a snapshot on their status as of May 31, 2013.

Ways and Means confirmed conservatives’ repeated lament: The IRS caresses institutions on the left and hammers those on the right.

Among these 111 targets, only seven were self-described “progressive” groups. The remaining 104 were right of center. So, among this sample, the institutions that the IRS placed under a microscope were 6.3 percent liberal and 93.7 percent conservative. Put another way, the IRS targeted one liberal group for every 15 conservative organizations.

That is not quite fair and balanced.

For those keeping score at home, there were 13 applications for 501(c)(3) status (zero Left and 13 Right) and 98 applications for 501(c)(4) status (seven Left and 91 Right).