The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is reportedly under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service for violating the terms of its tax-exempt status in a probe that the group's chairman says stems from comments he made that were critical of President Bush.

The IRS denied the claim. "Any suggestion that the IRS has tilted its audit activities for political purposes is repugnant and groundless," IRS Commissioner Mark Everson said in a statement.

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