At the National Review today, Andrew Stiles builds on that story:
The tax-collecting agency sought to identify and track student interns at the Leadership Institute, a conservative educational organization based in Virginia.
At around the same time the IRS began its “inappropriate targeting” of conservative organizations applying for nonprofit status — a practice detailed in a Treasury Department inspector general’s report published Tuesday — the agency conducted an audit of the Leadership Institute. The institute has offered workshops, seminars, internships, and other training programs for young conservatives and grassroots activists since its founding in 1979.
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It is not the only known instance of the IRS seeking information about conservative students. Kevin Kookogey, who founded a conservative mentoring program for high-school and college students in Tennessee, told National Review Online the IRS asked him to “identify the students I’m teaching and what I’m teaching them” as part of his application for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
So this got me wondering if the IRS had ever previously asked organizations applying for 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) status (or organizations with such status under audit) to name their interns.
Do any of our readers know if that happened before? I will link any credible report of such requests.
Was the same person (or persons) who crafted the questionnaire the individual (or team) deciding to ask for the names of high school and college kids?
*(and early twentysomething)