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A Tennessee Tea Party group was one of many who got hemmed up by the IRS:

West said the Chattanooga Tea Party is among the 75 groups the agency admitted last week were victims of deliberate bureaucratic foot-dragging.

"It's a scandal. It is the heavy-handedness of a bureaucratic government agency that has gone awry," West said by telephone.

He noted that House Republicans are talking of holding hearings and said people of all political persuasions should support them.

"If they can do it to grass-roots tea party groups one year, they can to it to left-wing Occupy Wall Street people the next year. Either way, it's wrong," West said.

"Unless there's an investigation and heads roll, unless some people lose their jobs over this, then we know this is just political. They got caught; they were going to feign an apology and move on.

The IRS Commissioner during

The IRS Commissioner during the 2011-2012 federal election cycle was President George W. Bush five-year appointee Douglas Shulman...

The former Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller appointed by U.S. President Obama only came on board during November, 2012 and would have not influenced any of the associated Tea Party groups applications for recognition as 501(c)(4) groups by the IRS before the 2012 elections:

Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller resigns

"Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller has resigned, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.

"It's inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. Obama said.  "I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS."

Given the controversy surrounding this audit, it's important to institute good leadership, Obama said.

"The IRS has to operate with absolute integrity."

Reuters reports Miller has said there is a "strong and immediate need" to restore public trust in the agency, but he will leave the agency in early June.

"It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June," Miller said in an internal message that was released by the IRS. "This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation's tax agency."

Miller became acting commissioner in early November, after Commissioner Douglas Shulman completed his five-year term. Shulman had been appointed by President George W. Bush..."



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