This seems pretty thuggish:  Apparently in recent years the IRS has targeted Tea Party groups for additional “scrutiny”.

This has been covered everywhere, from local Tea Party groups to National Review Online:

. . . groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names were improperly targeted for additional levels of tax-status review by the agency. Those actions, she said, were “wrong” and “inappropriate,” but she denied that they were the result of political bias against tea-party groups. When asked how the IRS determined that the actions were not the result of political bias, Ms. Lerner could only say, “That is not how we do things.”

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