This story posted today features some of the details learned by the House Oversight Committee from its interviews with lower level IRS employees. Namely, that the targeting was intended to reach Republican and conservative groups broadly (not just tea party groups) and that it originated in DC. So far the transcripts of these interviews have not been released in full, but Chairman Issa (R-CA) said today that they will be.
This is going to get much bigger.
Story here. A Democratic California Senator says the Boy Scouts are
out of line with the values of California and should be ineligible for a tax benefit paid for by all Californians,” Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said as he introduced his bill. “SB 323 brings our laws into line with our values.”
The measure calls for revoking the tax-exempt status of youth groups that discriminate against participants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification.
More evidence that many people in this country have completely lost any sense of the distinction between the public and the private spheres. It is not for the government, state or federal, to coerce private associations into adopting any particular policy views by selectively withholding tax exempt status. It must be a function of the character of the activity that is deemed exempt, not the viewpoint of those engaging in such activity. This is chilling.