The Republicans and the Tea Party got a lot of mileage out of their victimhood schtick for being targeted by the I.R.S. for additional scrutiny in their tax-exempt status applications. But then again, when you try to sail this kind of stuff past them as being “social welfare” organizations, which means you’re doing something for the betterment of society, then perhaps it’s logical that the government would wonder just how calling the president a Nazi and raising money for this defeat is accomplishing that goal.
The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.
And the head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature.
Representatives of these organizations have cried foul in recent weeks about their treatment by the I.R.S., saying they were among dozens of conservative groups unfairly targeted by the agency, harassed with inappropriate questionnaires and put off for months or years as the agency delayed decisions on their applications.
But a close examination of these groups and others reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and former I.R.S. officials said would provide a legitimate basis for flagging them for closer review.
Explain to me how a group that’s raising money for the Romney campaign is the same thing as the Palmetto Bay Little League.