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Remember The IRS Scandal? It Was Fake News

What we learned in 2013 is that the unit within the IRS that reviews 501(c)(4) applications had been using the names of organizations as an initial filter to determine who was likely to be engaged in impermissibly pervasive political activity.

The original claim was that the filters that the IRS's tax-exempt organizations unit had used were biased against right-wing groups. That was not true. In addition to keywords like "tea party," the unit was also looking for words like "occupy," "progressive," and "green energy."

Actually, this information is not new. We have known for years that the IRS was using both left- and right-oriented search terms, but this new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) provides exhaustive documentation of that fact.

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