IRS targeted pro-border security groups…

The IRS singled out pro-border-security groups for intrusive scrutiny along with tea party, conservative, Occupy movement and progressive organizations, the tax agency?s inspector general said in an audit Thursday that confirmed the depths of tea party targeting.

Dozens of liberal groups were also snared by the scrutiny from 2004 through 2013, as were groups that dealt with specific issues such as health care, marijuana legalization or immigration, said the Treasury?s inspector general for tax administration.

Tea party and conservative groups still faced the brunt of targeting, with the liberal and issues groups significantly less affected, investigators said. There also is no evidence that the liberal groups faced the sensitive case treatment en masse, the way tea party groups did under former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner.

Still, other groups did encounter long delays in getting approvals, and some faced the same kinds of intrusive questions about donors, personal beliefs and even their activities at their unrelated jobs.

Democrats said the report contradicted the long-standing narrative about tea party targeting by proving the Obama administration didn?t single out conservatives.

?This was a case, as I said in the beginning, of gross mismanagement at the IRS, not political targeting,? said Rep. Sander M. Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the chief tax oversight committee in the House. But that?s not the political narrative the Republicans wanted, so they selectively ignored important facts to skew their investigation.??

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