Fresh off the Internal Revenue Service’s shock admission that it targeted certain conservative groups during the 2012 election, a pro-Israel organization says it too was singled out for extra scrutiny.
The group Z Street first filed suit against the IRS back in 2010, alleging that an IRS agent said their application for tax-exempt status had been delayed because the agency was “carefully scrutinizing organizations that are in any way connected with Israel.”
The agent also allegedly said some Israel-related organizations were assigned to “a special unit in the D.C. office to determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the Administration’s public policies,” Z Street founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote in The Jewish Press Saturday.
What the IRS did with conservative groups “is the same conduct the IRS agent told us (before she realized she shouldn’t) they were engaging in with respect to organizations ‘connected to Israel,’” Marcus told BuzzFeed.
Z Street’s first hearing in the case is scheduled for July 2 in federal district court in Washington, D.C.