Analysis Shows Conservative Groups Received More IRS Scrutiny



Self-described conservative and Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status were asked more questions by the Internal Revenue Service and had longer delays than progressive organizations, according to an analysis by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Conservative groups received three times as many questions and 56 of their applications were pending as of May 31, while no groups with "progressive" in their names had a pending application, said the analysis released today by the Republican-led panel.

The committee can examine and summarize otherwise private information from the IRS that others can't. The analysis included 104 Republican-leaning groups and seven "progressive" organizations.