So much for those two “rogue” employees.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.
The group was asked about prayer meetings, and the content of signs held up outside Planned Parenthood.
According to documents obtained by FOX19, the group in question is ‘Coalition for Life’, a group based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Coalition for Life stated it was ‘organized for charitable, religious and educational activities’, all of which would allow it to qualify as an exempt organization under 501(c)(3) status.
Over 150 pages of back-and-forth took place in 2009, prior to the dates given by the IRS for when so called ‘rogue’ agents began targeting conservative groups.
Testimony in Washington on Friday claimed it began in 2010 after a surge of Tea Party and Liberty groups began seeking 501(c)(4) status.
“In 2010, the inappropriate criteria that singled out organizations for tax exempt status by name was developed by what office, and where are those employees located?” Steven Miller was asked during a hearing on Friday, the former acting IRS Commissioner.
“For the most part, they are located in Cincinnati,” he replied.
So, this latest revelation does not correlate with the timeline given in Washington as testimony on Friday.
The IRS has claimed this behavior began in 2010. However, according to documents obtained by FOX19, an IRS agent in Cincinnati, identified only as a ‘Ms. Richards’, was questioning the Coalition for Life as early as April of 2009.