But I'm sure those on the Left would be squealing like little pigs if, under a Republican administration , organizations like Priorities USA and Priorities USA Action (that were both started by former Obama aides) were targeted for similar extra scrutiny.<quoted text>
It was smart to flag those groups. The Tea Party was invented and funded in whole by the Koch Brothers to advance their anti-everybody-but-them agenda. All of these "non-profit" groups that they funnel money through are tax-exampt, but politics can't be their primary function. However - most of these groups WERE created with politics being their primary function, and this has been discovered numerous times by Koch-backed groups.
If you have to apologize for being smart - I guess they need to apologize. But it just makes sense that they would flag those groups for audits.
Just as a little point of interest, Article 2 of the impeachment charges against Richard Nixon included
"He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service,... in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner."
And before you have a hissy fit that I am trying to say that charges need to be filed against Obama - that is NOT what I am saying. I am simply illustrating that this is no little matter when agents of a government entity, with the absolute power that the IRS has, show a bias towards organizations whose political point of view they disagree with. That is a blatant attempt to stifle free speech using the power of the govt.