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IRS Targeted Conservative Groups for ‘Guilt by Association’

Internal Revenue Service officials targeted organizations seeking tax-exempt status based on “guilt by association,” according to documents uncovered by a conservative watchdog group and released Wednesday.

Judicial Watch obtained the IRS documents through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Those documents included handwritten notes of a meeting in 2011 pointing to concerns by Holly Paz, who was the tax agency’s director of Office of Rulings and Agreements.

“Holly — Cinci paralyzed by letting any issue go unaddressed,” read one notation, from an unidentified source, referring to the IRS office in Cincinnati. “They think they know what the org is really doing, rather than looking at actual activities. Q’s were not activity based, but guilt by association questions — like q’s asking party affiliations.” – READ MORE