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Uncovered docs: IRS flagged groups in 2011 based on ‘anti-Obama rhetoric’

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By Doug Powers  •  September 18, 2013 03:00 PM

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Under Lois Lerner (who taxpayers are still sending paychecks to by the way), things at the “apolitical” IRS got incredibly partisan, as evidenced in this update to a “phony scandal”:

Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about “anti-Obama rhetoric,” inflammatory language and “emotional” statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.

The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities. In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as “propaganda.”

Why would they do that? “Because they thought Obama would have wanted it that way” according to one report.

The beauty of having fellow travelers who move regularly back and forth between the utopian cities of Hope and Change is that there often isn’t much of a paper trail because memos aren’t a necessity — they just know what to do.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air remembered this:

The 2011 date has one interesting parallel. Two years ago (almost to the day), the White House rolled out its own version of a lèse-majesté intimidation mechanism — “Attack Watch.” That didn’t last long in the sunlight, after widespread criticism and derision forced the White House to shelve it, although the Obama campaign tried to bring it back in February 2012 as the “Truth Team.”

So, did the IRS just feel inspired by Attack Watch, or did the White House just transfer the effort?

Sure is a coincidence, eh?

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