The short answer? No, of course they didn’t.
But that won’t stop Matt Glazer and Phillip Martin from trying to pretend that’s true.
We know now that the IRS routinely and quickly approved liberal groups’ tax exempt status (almost as if though it were little more than a rubber stamp).
Via USA Today:
In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.
That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn’t be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months.
In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.
As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like “Progress” or “Progressive,” the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.
Far-left advocacy groups like Progress Texas, which is a 501(c)4.
They claim they were “scrutinized” by the IRS in much the same way that Conservative and Tea Party groups were scrutinized, and that they “appreciate” the scrutiny.
As with the Tea Party groups, the IRS sought copies of promotional materials, backgrounds of officers, meeting minutes and specifics about activities, such as get-out-the-vote drives, that the organization said it would conduct.
Ahhhh…isn’t that cute? Matt Glazer — former Executive Director of Progress Texas and former blogger at the far-left Austin-based kiddie blog Burnt Orange Report — thinks that those were the same questions and inquiries made of Conservative Groups.
That simply isn’t true.
Additionally, the Progress Texas’s routine audit request came from a California office. The targeted Conservative inquiries were all from D.C. and Cincinnati Ohio offices. They were not sending out the same letters of inquiry from California to Liberals as they were from Cinncy to Conservatives.
You’ll also notice this little bit of information glossed over by Glazer:
An Austin, Texas-based group, Progress Texas, received a letter from the IRS in February 2013 when it sought nonprofit status.
While the average wait for Conservative and Tea Party groups to be granted (or denied) their tax exempt status is about 3 years, Progress Texas sought tax exempt non-profit status in February.
Of this year.
You’ll notice, if you go to their site, that tax exempt status has already been granted. In less than 3 months.
Probably a lot quicker than that.
But Matt Glazer and his BFF Phillip Martin (former kiddie blogger at BOR and now Political Director at Progress Texas) would have you believe that they received the exact same scrutiny as Conservative groups.
Who are still waiting for their tax-exempt non-profit status.
But let me ask you this Matt & Phillip: If the IRS treated you just the way they treat everybody else seeking non-profit status, why did the IRS admit wrong doing in specifically targeting Conservative and Tea Party groups?
Of course, the real issue here is that any of these groups are granted a tax-free non-profit status, which allows the hyper-partisan IRS to use their power to intimidate and harass their political foes.
The answer can be found in David Burge’s (of Iowa Hawk Blog) Twitter feed today:
Specifically, #4 — this way anybody and everybody is free to form a group or org and not have to worry about the IRS playing favorites.