Not a Smidgen – IRS Targeting Tea Party Groups Ordered by DC Office

You can lie but you can’t hide from the truth.

New documents show the targeting of Tea Party groups was directed from Washington D.C. and not from the Cincinnati office.

Writing for, Katie Pavlich’s story, “Judicial Watch Obtains New Documents Showing IRS Targeting Came Directly From Washington D.C.,” sheds light on new information from the IRS investigation:

New documents obtained and released through a Judicial Watch lawsuit show the targeting of tea party and conservative groups came directly out of Washington D.C., not a rogue IRS office in Cincinnati.

On July 6, 2012, former Director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements Division and current Manager of Exempt Organizations Guidance Holly Paz sent an email to IRS Attorney Steven Grodnitzky asking for an explanation of how tea party group applications were being handled. Grodnitzky responded by confirming the cases were being handled in Washington.

In addition, documents show Lois Lerner was involved in singling out Tea Party groups:

A new email from Lois Lerner also details how BOLO lists (be on the look out) were specifically created for tea party groups or groups with issues related to government spending, debt, taxes and “how the country is being run.”

Finally, according to Pavlich, the documents reveal that Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) was pressuring the IRS “to come down on conservative tax exempt groups in an effort to get rid of them, specifically the groups working against his reelection campaign.”

Here is the Judicial Watch press release.