Conservatives got a huge win this week. President Donald Trump’s administration has settled two class action lawsuits pertaining to discrimination of conservative groups by the IRS.
The “Tea Party” groups filed the lawsuit against former President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice for delaying their applications for tax-exempt status based on their viewpoint or ideology.
“’The [Internal Revenue Service]’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,’ Sessions said in a statement Thursday. ‘It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.'”
One case was filed by the 41 groups, and the other by 428 plaintiffs. After the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report exposing the intentional delay back in 2013, the groups took action. There was widespread media coverage of the incident and multiple congressional investigations.
The IRS admitted their wrongdoing and apologized for the incident.
“’The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determination process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding some Plaintiffs’ information that TITA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong,’ the IRS said in court documents. ‘For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.’”
This comes after the House Judiciary Committee released documents stating that the Obama administration funneled money to select liberal non-profits.
Although the plaintiff won in this case, their lawyer issued a statement to Fox news complaining that the IRS has a lack of transparency.
“’The Government’s generous settlement with the Class Plaintiffs fully vindicates their claims that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups based on their viewpoint,’ lead counsel for the conservative groups, Eddie Greim, told Fox News in an email. ‘However, like Lois Lerner’s stated apology back in 2013, any recent so-called “apology” by the IRS has little value. That is because the Service continues to suggest that it’s targeting was really just ‘mismanagement.””