The Washington Times - September 23, 2013, 05:40PM

The Obama administration has agreed to grant tax-exempt status to True the Vote, one of the groups that had been caught up in the IRS targeting scandal, ending a three-year wait for charitable-group status.

True the Vote said the IRS and the Justice Department consented late Friday to grant its application for 501(c)(3) status.


Billing itself as a voters’ rights organization, True the Vote was involved in trying to clean up voter rolls in some states, in deterring fraud in Texas elections and in verifying signatures in the Wisconsin governor recall election.

The group found out earlier this year it was part of a batch of hundreds of applications that the IRS had been delaying and subjecting to intrusive scrutiny, and it sued to force the agency to approve its application.

The decision to approve the group’s application does not end the matter, according to Cleta Mitchell, lead lawyer in the lawsuit. She said the IRS still needs to answer for the costs and damages that resulted from the three-year delay, and for probing for information that the IRS’s own internal auditor says wasn’t necessary to make a determination.

“This lawsuit is about getting to the truth and we are not going to stop until we find out the answers to these and many other questions,” Ms. Mitchell said.