By Alex J. FrickePublished Oct 19, 2017 11:30:12More than a decade ago, the Internal Revenue Service began targeting conservative groups for scrutiny under the guise of targeting groups on the grounds of their political views.
The agency then launched a new tactic, targeting organizations with a political agenda.
But that tactic did not end there.
The IRS then began targeting organizations on the basis of their religious beliefs and social views, and the agency has used the same tactics in a variety of other cases, including one targeting conservative organizations for a conservative-leaning nonprofit that the IRS claims discriminated against gay and lesbian people.
The new tactic targeting conservative-oriented groups has been widely criticized by the IRS, and critics have pointed to the IRS targeting of conservative organizations as an example of the agency using a politically motivated tactic.
But now, as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, that tactic is now under a new target: the political groups that have an “anti-gay” or “anti-“LGBT” message.
As the IRS tries to get out of a costly legal battle over its targeting, a conservative watchdog group is using the decision to highlight a troubling new tactic the agency is using to attack conservatives.
In a blog post published Wednesday, the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) highlights an IRS case where the agency tried to use a “targeting” theory to target groups that criticized the Affordable Care Act.
The GAI describes the case as one in which the IRS targeted conservative groups based on their “beliefs about how to live their faith,” but then targeted conservative nonprofits that criticized what they believed.”
And it is a serious problem.””
This is what the IRS is doing to conservative groups now.
And it is a serious problem.”
The GAP also points out that the “targetting” theory was a key tactic in the “exemption” of organizations that opposed the ACA.
The Justice Department is currently challenging the IRS’s use of the tactic.
And the IRS said in a statement on Wednesday that it would not be able to “retract or correct” the targeting because it is under an emergency spending bill.
“The IRS cannot and will not retract its targeting of the American people based on our religious beliefs, nor will it be able, even under the emergency spending law, to correct or retract the targeting,” the IRS statement read.
“We are committed to ensuring that the taxpayers who pay our salaries are not unfairly targeted for their political beliefs.
We continue to work with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and other congressional committees to ensure that we are following all applicable laws and regulations and protecting the taxpayers.”
The IRS’s claim that the targeting tactic was a “mistake” is just one example of how the IRS and the Trump administration are engaged in an ideological war over who has political views and who does not.
And in this case, the targeting appears to be an attack on a conservative group that does not appear to have any political viewpoints.
The tax agency has already received $4.7 billion in penalties over the years, and it has faced lawsuits from conservative groups.
The targeting tactic has also been used against conservative groups that did not have an ideological position on the ACA, such as the Heritage Foundation, which is based in Kentucky and opposes the law.
In fact, the Heritage Institute was the target of the IRS in a case that is now before the Supreme the IRS was targeting the group that it thought was using its conservative viewpoint to attack the ACA — the conservative Americans for Prosperity Foundation.
The case has been settled out of court, but the IRS has not acknowledged the settlement.
The Heritage Foundation said that the court ruling was “disappointing” and that it is still considering its legal options.
The American Principles Project, which has filed several lawsuits on behalf of conservative groups, is also currently challenging other IRS targeting tactics, including the use of “unreliable information” to target its conservative-minded organizations.
The groups that the government targeted were not conservative organizations.
They were conservative think tanks and advocacy groups.
The group also said the IRS had used the targeting tactics to target some of its members.
The group said that it had filed a request with the IRS to investigate the targeting and said that its clients are “disgusted” by the decision.
“As we’ve said before, the IRS should be ashamed of the targeting of our organizations and the government should be held accountable,” said Doug Watts, president of the ACP.