Something happened in early 2010 to trigger the beginning of the IRS targeting of tea party groups and of God knows who else (Emphasis mine.):
In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked. That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn't be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months. In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows. As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like "Progress" or "Progressive," the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.
As Ace notes, something happened early in 2010 to begin the “special treatment.” And the Treasury Inspector General’s report acknowledges something happened on February 25th, 2010. What is that something? We don’t know. Because the IG report redacts that event. See for yourself. Something is being hidden from us, and it may be stinking important. It’s certainly important enough to be on the IG’s timeline if in redacted form.
Even as more and more comes out, the Obamagate IRS cover-up continues.
(Yes, I am now calling all the various scandals together “Obamagate”. The Obama regime has earned it.)