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Wed May 15, 2013, 12:11 PM

82% of the IRS-targeted Tea Party applications found to be primarily politically driven? [View all]

Here's the official report, for those that want to read it: http://msnbctv.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/201310053fr-revised-redacted-12.pdf

I was browsing through it and decided to do some quick math. Let me know if you see an issue with my calculations or reasoning...

- As of 5/31/2012, there were 298 applications for tax-exempt status that were flagged as potential political cases that were to be reviewed by a team of specialists. Refer to PDF page 16 for further details.

- The organization names related to the 298 applications were as follows: Other (202), Tea Party (72), Patriots (13), 9/12 (11). Refer to PDF page 14 for further details.

- The investigation reviewed all 298 applications to identify significant political campaign intervention. In the majority of cases, evidence of significant political campaign intervention was found. Of the 298 applications...

- 2 were not reviewed due to inadequate documentation.
- 91 applications had no indication of significant political campaign intervention. Of these 91 applications, 17 involved Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 organizations.

Refer to PDF page 16 for further details.

So, here's where my math comes in...

While the report does not state this conclusively, based on the numbers that are given, I would assume that this means that the remaining applications (205) were identified to have evidence of significant political campaign intervention. If this is true, that means that of the 96 applications specifically flagged due to having names related to Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12, 79 of them -- or approximately 82% -- were found to have evidence of significant political campaign intervention and thus were justifiably flagged.

For anyone that wants to delve into the report, does this reasoning sound right to you? Or have I overlooked something?

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