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July 30, 2013

House Republicans Seek to Open New Front in IRS Inquiry

Republicans in Congress want the Internal Revenue Service's inspector general to broaden his review of the tax agency's alleged singling out of conservative organizations to examine whether groups that had already been approved for tax exemptions had also received heightened scrutiny, writes The Wall Street Journal.

In a letter to IRS watchdog J. Russell George, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Representative Jim Jordan cite two right-leaning groups, the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and the Leadership Institute in Virginia, that were audited by the tax agency during the same period in which it was delaying applications for nonprofit status from scores of conservative organizations.

The committee's top Democrat, Representative Elijah Cummings, said congressional investigators have not found evidence that the IRS was selectively auditing conservative organizations. While House Republicans argue that politics motivated the IRS actions regarding right-wing entities, Democrats have highlighted reports that liberal groups were also subjected to scrutiny and delays in their submissions.