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You are putting guilt on a group that there was ZERO reason to single out, even if singling out was in fact proper.

You are confused.

I'm not placing guilt anywhere. The Tea Party groups applying for 501(c)(4) status aren't guilty of anything... except maybe stupidity. They didn't even need 501(c)(4) status to operate as tax-exempt political organizations. They're not really eligible for 501(c)(4) anyway since they're not social welfare groups regardless of what the IRS eventually determined.

See if you can follow this:

The Tea Party is a political movement. It's explicit and primary purpose is political. Today, for example, it's website is calling for Obama's impeachment. It routinely backs candidates and attacks others.

501(c)(4) tax-exempt status is for social welfare organizations, not political organizations, although there is an exception for social welfare groups engaging in limited political activity if they provide the IRS proof that the are primarily non-political.

Groups that apply for 501(c)(3) status that have political buzzwords in their names deserve to be looked at more carefully than those that don't. The should be asked to provide information proving their eligibility. The IRS's problem in this case was that they improperly flagged one set of political buzzwords ("tea party, "patriot," etc.) and not others ("occupy," "justice," etc.) because in 2010-11 they received tons of one but not the other. The IRS also asked for information it was not entitled to.
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