Investigation into IRS targeting Tea Party reaches new level - WKRN News 2

Investigation into IRS targeting Tea Party groups reaches new level

Posted: Updated: May 13, 2013 08:09 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The investigation into the Internal Revenue Service, accused of targeting Tea Party groups before the 2012 election, has reached a new level.

According to excerpts from a forthcoming Inspector General Report, the IRS began to illegally target "Tea Party or similar organizations" as early as 2011, 18-months before the last presidential election.

More than 100 Tea Party-related, tax-exempt applications had been flagged for review by the Cincinnati-based IRS unit responsible for overseeing them.

The report also found that the IRS went beyond Tea Party groups targeting those who followed traditional conservative ideologies.

One of those conservative groups resides in Middle Tennessee.

Kevin Kookogey, who heads up the Linchpins of Liberty, which is not considered a Tea Party group, told Nashville's News 2 that his group was unfairly flagged down by the IRS and he may testify before congress over the controversial practice.

Kookogey believes the root of the problem is much deeper than a group of low-level IRS employees in Cincinnati.

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