IRS inspector general: Progressive documents didn't arrive until last week


J. Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, said that minutes from a July 2010 IRS workshop weren’t provided to his office as it worked on its May report, even as it received documents that discussed Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status. George said his office only received the documents last week. 

“I am disturbed that these documents were not provided to our auditors at the outset, and we are currently reviewing the issue,” George said in his prepared opening statement at a House Oversight hearing.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat at House Oversight, released the minutes last week, which showed that progressive groups were directed to be sent to the same office that handled Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status. The minutes also say that “'Progressive’ applications are not considered ‘Tea Parties.’ ”

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