By Kyle Olson
MUSKEGON, Mich. – Education Action Group Foundation, Inc., a Michigan-based organization that scrutinizes the government-run school system, received its tax-exempt status in 2007. We strictly adhere to all non-profit, tax-exempt laws and regulations. The last thing we can afford is the government breathing down our neck.
But the recent revelation that the Internal Revenue Service applies additional scrutiny to conservative groups came as no surprise. The IRS has been keeping very close tabs on our operation for several years, probably to a degree far beyond what liberal non-profit organizations have to tolerate.
Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversees groups like ours, voluntarily admitted Friday that in 2012, the IRS was flagging groups with “Tea Party, “Patriot,” or “9/12 Project” in their names for additional scrutiny. In some cases, the IRS actually asked for donors’ names.
Now FoxNews.com is reporting the IRS targeting went beyond those terms to also include groups that focus on government spending.
That would include EAGnews.
According to Google Analytics, individuals with the “Internal Revenue Service” network have visited EAGnews.org 30 times in the past 12 months. Particularly busy days included four visits on June 27, 2012, three visits on February 14, 2013, and two visits apiece on February 5, 2013, December 10, 2012, December 5, 2012, and July 12, 2012.
Here’s a PDF of a Google Analytics chart listing the visits.
We’re a small organization with six full-time employees and an annual budget of less than $1 million. But we research and analyze government spending, public school operations and the self-serving actions of the education establishment.
That puts us in the crosshairs of a presidential administration that counts on the support of the educational establishment. The teachers unions donated millions of dollars to President Obama’s two campaigns, and Obama oversees the IRS.
So the union’s enemies become the president’s enemies and the target of constant observation by the tax people.
Now that the IRS has admitted this problem, perhaps it can be corrected. The federal tax bureaucracy has a responsibility to police everyone equally, and should not be used as a political weapon to harass critics of the government.