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Conservative Groups Win $3.5M in Suit against IRS Abuses under Lois Lerner

Taxpayers are once again on the hook for their government’s malfeasance. A federal judge recently found in favor of dozens of conservative groups which brought a class-action lawsuit against the IRS for targeting them for their political views.

The amount of the award—$3.5 Million—does sound large at first. But when you take into account that more than half of that is going to lawyer fees, it breaks down to around $14,000 each. The agency admitted no wrongdoing and, in fact, doesn’t appear to have been disciplined at all.

It was discovered during the Obama administration that the IRS, under Lois Lerner, weaponized the agency in an attempt disadvantage groups they disagreed with politically, frequently taking up to four times as long to process a group’s paperwork. Far from facing disciplinary action for her egregious breach of public trust, Ms. Lerner was able to saunter into the sunset with her lucrative taxpayer-funded pension in hand.

This is only one of countless situations Conservatives point to as to why the government ought to be limited—that, in fact, government ought not have the power to target citizens or groups who oppose them and that they ought to be held accountable if they do.

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