IRS Targeted Interns At Conservative Nonprofit The Leadership Institute?

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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The Internal Revenue Service allegedly requested information on college-age interns who worked at a conservative group, according to a document obtained by the National Review Online.

The IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups applying for non-profit status during the 2012 election year. On Feb. 14, 2012, the Leadership Institute, a conservative nonprofit based in Virginia that claims to teach “political technology,” says the IRS asked for “copies of applications for internships and summer programs” as part of an audit. The group was audited in 2011 for a 2008 tax return. The audit was conducted by a Baltimore IRS office and ended without any determination of wrongdoing on the group’s part.

According to the Daily Caller, the letter asked where the interns were placed, how placement was arranged, and where they were employed once they completed the internship.

“We declined to give them the names” of the former interns, said Leadership Institute vice president of programs David Fenner.

The Leadership Institute was founded in 1979 to train and recruit conservatives who will one day work in politics or media. The group claims it has conducted a number of training programs with tea-party groups whose applications were targeted by the IRS.

Fenner said he “absolutely” believes the IRS audited the 2008 information because it was an election year.

Sources: Daily Caller, National Review