Z Street: The case that could blow the lid off the IRS scandal
Lots of people at the IRS need to be in jail.
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In August of 2010, almost three years before Lois Lerner announced at a law conference that the IRS had indeed targeted certain groups, Z Street — a non-profit organization dedicated to “educating the public about Zionism” — filed a lawsuit contending it was being targeted by the IRS because it disagreed with President Obama’s policy on Israel. In fact Z Street filed its suit against the IRS after an agent allegedly told the group that Obama directed the tax collection agency to “give special scrutiny to organizations connected to Israel” and that the files of some of those “organizations were sent to a special unit in Washington, D.C. to determine whether the activities of the organization contradicted the public policies of the administration.”
In its lawsuit against the IRS, Z Street alleges that the IRS violated the First Amendment when it implemented a policy that subjected Israel-related organizations applying for tax-exempt status to more rigorous review procedures than other organizations applying for that same status. The group call this viewpoint discrimination.
Ironically, Z Street’s case received a boost last summer when Democrats tried to defend the administration and prove the IRS was not just engaging in viewpoint discrimination against politically conservative groups. As part of their defense, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee along with Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) released 14 IRS documents indicating the IRS created a category for review it labeled “progressive.”