New revelations are deepening the IRS scandal concerning politically-motivated targeting.
Starting in January 2012, the IRS had an official policy of targeting "political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement." That's according to an appendix to an Inspector General's report, which was requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has been leaked to the Washington Post by a congressional aide.
Currently most of the attention has focused on conservative groups singled out for extra scrutiny, but liberal groups may come forward and say that they too were targeted inappropriately.
The policy overrode instructions given by senior agency official Lois G. Lerner on June 29, 2011. Staffers told her that they were targeting "social welfare" type groups in cases where "statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run." Lerner, who is in charge of the IRS's dealings with tax-exempt groups, told the agency to revise those criteria.
The new documents seem to undermine Friday's statements from the IRS that only "low-level employees" knew of the targeting.
Susan Collins has called the targeting "chilling" and has called on the Obama administration to condemn it. The White House has condemned the wrongdoing already, but probably Collins would like to see Obama himself speak out.
Via the Washington Post.