WASHINGTON D.C. -- Lawmakers are reacting to allegations that the Internal Revenue Service regularly targeted conservative groups when reviewing requests for a tax-exempt status. Conservatives are angry and demanding answers after information of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting tea party groups for excessive review surfaces.
The IRS released a statement and apologized on Friday explaining that they singled out groups with key words like 'Tea Party, 'Patriot' and '9/12 Project' in their names. Groups claimed there was excessive review of their tax-exempt status during the 2012 election.
Tea Party Patriots rejected the apology given from the IRS.
CBS News reports that the IRS began singling out tea party groups in the spring of 2010. The agency insisted that no high-level employees knew about the targeting, but a draft surfaced over the weekend of a report due to be released this week revealed that Lois Lerner, an official in charge of oversight of tax-exempt groups knew about it in June 2011.
President Obama made a statement on Monday saying he would get down to the bottom of the issue and find out 'exactly what happened.' The president also promised to hold any wrongdoers accountable for their actions. "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it," said President Obama.
The president did not want to comment on 'specific findings' until the investigation is complete.
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