IRS Claims Leak Of Conservative Group Tax Info To Left-Wing Group Was "Inadvertant"

At this point, why is the IRS even bothering to deny this stuff?

The Internal Revenue Service claims the disclosure of conservative groups’ confidential information to investigative journalism outfit ProPublica was “inadvertent and unintentional.”

After the IRS admitted to deliberately targeting conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status, ProPublica reported it had received nine still-pending applications as part of its request for information about 67 nonprofits last year. The pending applications should have remained confidential.

“When these two issues were previously raised concerning the potential unauthorized disclosures of 501(c)(4) application information, we immediately referred these cases to TIGTA [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] for a comprehensive review. In both instances, TIGTA found these instances to be inadvertent and unintentional disclosures by the employees involved,” read an IRS statement to ProPublica sent Friday.

ProPublica is funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

So, just a coincidence that the data was leaked? Maybe. At best it’s yet another sign of IRS incompetence. At worst, and in the context of the admitted targeting of conservative groups in general, it’s further evidence of left-wing activism at the IRS.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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