After more than a year of scrutiny, three congressional committees continue to flail away at the
At the heart of the scandal is how the agency handled groups seeking tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) of the tax code. The latter have skyrocketed in recent years, and there are legitimate questions about whether such "social welfare" groups are really just political action committees trying to hide their donor lists. But rather than addressing that issue systematically, the IRS gave extra scrutiny mainly to tea party groups, often in inappropriate ways, an inspector general reported.
Now, 13 months after that report was published, there still has been no thorough recounting of why the agency took those steps and what role, if any, the White House played. Instead, House GOP investigators, who seem determined to portray the White House as the IRS' puppet master regardless of what the evidence reveals, have dribbled out selective disclosures, and the