You can read the full report below, but the blame for the IRS targeting conservative groups goes to “ineffective management” according to the Inspector General.
Which is a little hard to believe given some of the other facts in the report. Such as this list of inappropriate questions sent to the groups:
These sort of questions and demands aren’t the result of incompetence. They’re the result of an inquiry being driven by a political agenda.
As a case in point, ABC News is reporting that one tea party group was asked about what materials they were reading during meetings, prompting the group to send the IRS a copy of the US Constitution:
When Marion Bower decided to start her tea party organization in 2010, she didn’t know that it would take nearly two years for the Internal Revenue Service to approve her request for tax-exempt status
The Ohio woman also did not expect that providing information about the books her group read would be part of the application process.
“I was trying to be very cordial, but they wanted copies of unbelievable things,” Bower told ABC News today. “They wanted to know what materials we had discussed at any of our book studies.”
She ultimately sent one of the books, “The Five Thousand Year Leap,” promoted frequently by Glenn Beck, to the IRS official handling her tax-exempt request in Cincinnati. She also sent a paperback copy of the Constitution.
“They wanted a synopsis of all the books we read,” Bower said. “I thought, I don’t have time to write a book report. You can read them for yourselves.”
The only incompetence here, you could argue, is the ham-handed way the IRS went about pursuing this blatant political witch hunt.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that these same creeps will be in charge of managing Obamacare starting next year.