The purpose of a 501(c) (3) or (4) is to give tax benefits to organizations that are not politicking but doing charity or educational work. Groups that have TEA or Patriot in their names SHOULD receive extra scrutiny. In two-thirds of the cases, they did find indications of significant political campaign intervention.
About 470 cases were targeted for special scrutiny from 2010 – 2012. Seventy-two were TEA party, 13 Patriots and 11 were 9/12 Project. It is impossible to know if these numbers are skewed without knowing the number of total applications and from which side of the aisle.
The Coffee Party USA was also scrutinized, as were groups with “progressive” in their names such as Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Progressives United Inc., Progress Texas and Missouri, and Progress Now. Centrist groups were also hit such as the League of Women Voters of Hawaii and The East Hampton Group for Good Government Inc. Targeted groups seemed to be those with unpopular ideas, e.g. Center for Health Care Policy that advocates a single payer, LGBT groups, spiritual groups, a homeless group, and Citizens Against Taxpayer Giveaways.
Progressives, minority groups and those with out-of-favor ideas have often been targeted in the past under Republican presidents. No one wept crocodile tears.
There is no scandal at the IRS or Benghazi. The scandal is the never ending war and the continuing erosion of our freedoms by government surveillance and attacks on whistle blowers.