Report: Right-Wing Groups Probed by IRS Tested Limits on Political Activity

HeadlineMay 28, 2013

A New York Times investigation has found right-wing groups that complained of extra vetting by the IRS were engaged in activity that actually did appear to merit extra scrutiny. The groups reportedly tested rules limiting political activity for certain tax-exempt organizations by sponsoring political ads and organizing members to campaign for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Tax rules prevent social welfare groups from participating in elections as their primary activity. One group that complained of undue IRS scrutiny spent thousands on ads for a Republican congressional candidate, failed to report the spending on its tax return, and denied participating in such activities on a form.

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