Sure Carol, that's why none of them were denied tax exempt status. In fact, the only known 501(c)(4) applicant to recently have its status denied happens to be a progressive group: the Maine chapter of Emerge America, which trains Democratic women to run for office. Although the group did no electoral work, and didn’t participate in independent expenditure campaign activity either, its partisan nature disqualified it from being categorized as working for the “common good.”<quoted text>
If you don't think conservative groups and average citizens were "targeted" because of their political ideology by the climate set by this administration and the opposition being the "enemy", you are out of the loop and on your own. But good luck with that.
However the Louisville Tea Party was granted 501(c)(4) status in 2009. Nevertheless, it published a list of “officially tea party endorsed candidates for the 2011 Kentucky primary.” They also published an article “The Rationale for Romney-Ryan,” arguing for Tea Partiers to vote for the Republican candidate. That's a clear violation of their 501(c)(4) status.
What "average citizens" were targeted Carol?
You're the one out of the loop Carol.