The other day, we called out Progress Texas for claiming they received similar treatment from the IRS as Tea Party groups. We linked to their IRS application and the application of the Waco Tea party along with highlights from other Tea Party-type applications. In response, Progress Texas retreated into semantics.
We were going to drop the matter, but that was before Friday's bombshell U.S. House hearing.
Details that emerged in that hearing (and other news reports we've seen the past 24 hours) belie Progress Texas' claim that they received similar scrutiny:
- Was Progress Texas ever asked to detail the contents of their prayers?!? No.
- Did any members of Progress Texas have their personal businesses audited?!? No.
- Was Progress Texas ever asked to provide the names of every person they trained?!? No.
The honorable thing would be for Progress Texas to apologize and admit they were (at best) premature in claiming similar treatment; we'll see what happens.
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Update: Seriously, Progress Texas, similar treatment?!?
In response to reading this post on my Facebook page, Toby Marie Walker wrote: "The answer is "no" however you can pass along to them that I gave all their info to Oversight since they too were asked illegal questions."