IRS Also Scrutinized Progressive Groups As Shown in 'BOLO' Lists, Rep. Levin Says

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By Diane Freda

Internal Revenue Service training materials relating to applications for tax-exempt status show that progressive groups were singled out for additional scrutiny the same way conservative groups were, House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said Aug. 20 after receiving the documents from the IRS.

The documents, previously submitted to the committee but now re-released with fewer redactions, include the names of Democratic-leaning “Emerge” organizations alongside progressive and tea party groups, Levin said. The documents were released Aug. 19 by IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel.

The term “emerge” was redacted in the presentation when it was originally released by the IRS in early July, Levin said.

Levin cited three groups tied to the national Emerge America organization--Emerge Nevada, Emerge Maine, and Emerge Massachusetts--which he said were all denied 501(c)(4) status in 2011, according to published reports.

Text of Werfel's letter to Levin is in TaxCore.

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