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Subject:  Re: Lamest scheme ever Date:  5/16/2013  3:12 PM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  1877827 of 2207226

Anyone know how many of the conservative groups in the IRS scandal had their applications rejected and were denied 501(c)(4) non-profit status?

None. As in not one.

Anyone know what this supposed effort at political intimidation consisted of? A request for additional information supporting the application.

What they're claiming is that their applications were simply put into limbo and never approved, and that the "request for additional information" was so broad (and asked for improper information) that it was tantamount to a denial. Some were allegedly so daunted by these improper requests that they withdrew their applications. See:

Whether that gets proved out or not is an open question. But as someone who has represented private parties dealing with government bureaucracies for quite a while, I can attest to the fact that government delays can be as (or more) damaging than denials at times.

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