A top Democrat probing the Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative tea party groups released documents Friday suggesting that "occupy" and other liberal-leaning groups received similar vetting.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released documents from 2010 and 2012 used by IRS staff reviewing tax-exempt applications that suggest the key words "progressive" and "occupy" were subjected to added review, in addition to tea party applications.
"Occupy Wall Street" and similar left-leaning groups have sprouted up in recent years to protest corporate power.
Cummings blasted the chief of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), who issued a report two months ago that said the agency targeted conservative terms like tea party and patriot when examining applications from nonprofit political groups seeking federal tax exemption.
Cummings called for TIGTA's chief, J. Russell George to be summoned before the committee.
Republicans say the targeting of conservative groups shows political bias in the IRS under the Democratic Obama administration, and Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the oversight committee chairman, has focused his panel's attention on it.
The scandal led President Barack Obama to fire the acting IRS chief.