An IRS supervisor working out of Washington was personally involved in scrutinizing applications from conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The report said that Holly Paz, until recently a top deputy in the division that handles such cases, says she reviewed 20 to 30 applications, a statement that would contradict earlier claims that the political targeting was limited to a small group of employees working out of the agency’s Cincinnati office.
Ms. Paz did not provide evidence to congressional investigators that the Obama administration was involved or that senior officials told workers to target conservative groups, however, according to the AP.
A recent audit by the agency’s inspector general blamed poor management and oversight for the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status during the past several years.
Ms. Paz reportedly told investigators that workers in Cincinnati talked about handling “tea party” cases but that she believed the term was shorthand for both conservative and liberal politically active groups.