Politics

IRS Office Leaked Tea Party Groups' Confidential Info to Media Organization

That's probably not standard procedure

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The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.

The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about that release, and whether it had determined how the applications were sent to ProPublica.

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approvedā€”meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)