The Treasury's inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week.
The Associated Press obtained part of the draft report.
That report says the head of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups learned that groups were being targeted in June 2011. It does not say whether Shulman was notified.
Bigger than Benghazi.
However, approximately 75 of the 300 groups that were filed for further review were simply filed because they had the names "african american" and "black," Lerner said.
"They did pick the cases by names and that's absolutely inappropriate and not the way we should do things," she said, though stressing it was done as a "shortcut," not out of "political bias."
We should be able to handle both, but Benghazi is taking away from this story.
On Jan, 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to, "political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement," the report says.
While this was happening, several committees in Congress were writing numerous letters IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to express concern because tea party groups were complaining of IRS harassment.
In Shulman's responses, he did not acknowledge targeting of tea party groups. At a congressional hearing March 22, 2012, Shulman was adamant in his denials.
quote:Commentary has firsthand experience with this
IRS official Lerner said the effort against the conservative groups in 2012 came from "low-level" officials in the Cincinnati office. The investigation into Commentary came out of the Columbus office. Is there something going on inside the IRS offices in Ohio?
Who will find out?