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9:25 PM, May 12, 2013   |    comments
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CBS News-- Amid a rising tide of outrage following revelations that the IRS targeted conservative tea party groups for excessive review of their tax-exempt status during the 2012 elections, the besieged tax agency found few defenders on Sunday, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle condemning the practice and demanding further investigation.

Critical eyes have focused largely on Lois Lerner, an IRS official in charge of oversight of tax exempt groups, who wrote to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, in April 2012, explaining that the scrutiny paid to conservative organizations - many of whom were complaining of burdensome questionnaires at the time - was "in the ordinary course of the application process" for nonprofit groups seeking tax exemption.

Earlier that year, Lerner's boss, then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman reassured a congressional panel that "there's absolutely no targeting," saying the "back and forth" between the IRS and tea party groups was a perfectly routine example of the application process for tax exemption. 

Click here to see the stories CBS has already done on this investigation.  






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