Republican leaders of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee are objecting to a decision by the Department of Justice not to bring criminal charges against Lois Lerner, the former director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations unit, over accusations that she improperly prevented conservative organizations from getting tax-exempt status.
Lerner admitted in 2013 that her unit had given special scrutiny to applications from groups with terms like “Tea Party” and “Patriot” in their names, not long before the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration was set to release a report with similar revelations. Conservative groups accused her and other IRS officials of trying to influence the 2012 election by holding up applications for 501(c)4 tax-exempt status from some organizations that were raising funds ahead of the election.
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