House: IRS sought, kept Tea Party contributor lists, could make them public

House: IRS sought, kept Tea Party contributor lists, could make them public

An ongoing House Ways and Means Committee probe of the IRSscandal has uncovered proof that the agency demanded donor lists almost exclusively from conservative groups and could make them public despite promises to destroy the sensitive tallies of contributors.

Committee officials told Secrets that of the 27 groups forced to cough up donor lists, 24 were conservative, nearly double the number suggested previously by IRS management. At a recent committee hearing, former acting Internal Revenue Service boss Steven Miller said that a majority of the requests were to non-Tea Party groups.

Previously, Democrats have suggested that progressive groups were targeted in similar numbers.

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