Whenever any one group applies for tax exempt ~ i.e., tax free ~ status, the IRS is required to scrutinize such request.
It's the job of the IRS to execute US tax law fairly. The IRS did not...and the inquisition they put conservative groups through was, in may cases, illegal. It was also illegal for the IRS to take some of that private data and give it to other private liberal organizations.
And when several freaky fringe groups apply for tax exempt status under the umbrella of an almighty tax exempt Tea Party, the applicants are again held to strict scrutiny.
The IRS doesn't get to use a political barometer to determine how "freaky" a political group is. And beware what you wish for. One day soon, that same IRS will be under the auspices of a Republican administration and it might be your groups or your interests that are being oppressed. I'm sure we'll hear a different song from the left then.
Tax exempt status is.........rare. Paying taxes is the........norm. If they want extra special privileges, then submit the darn paperwork to the IRS. Such babies!
Then why weren't those "freaky left-wing frings groups" subject to the same scrutiny? Why was Obama's group granted status immediately? Why was his brother's group approved in only one month while many conservative groups have been waiting in limbo for three years?
I think you have to put aside your extreme partisanship on this issue and see the danger of an organization as powerful as the IRS using it's full might to oppress American citizens and free speech.
The left has no problem using the bully pulpit to target and try to silence those with whom they disagree. I am not at all surprised that the Obama administration is using this technique. It's SOP and I've seen it used in much smaller forums.
I agree...it's Chicago bully-politics and we've probably only seen the tip of the proverbial corrupt iceberg.