SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Internal Revenue Service has apologized for targeting groups with "tea party" or "Patriot" in their names. Some of those groups had their applications for tax-exempt status delayed.
Lois Lerner is the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups. Lerner is scheduled to be the Commencement Speaker at Western New England University's Law School Ceremony on Saturday. Between 2010 and 2012, the I.R.S. flagged 300 groups applying for "tax exempt" status, asking for additional analysis. 75 of those groups were "conservative" based.
Some facts about Lois Lerner:
She received her law degree from Western New England University.
She served 14 years as a lawyer for the Federal Election Commission.
In 2005 she became the director of Exempt Organizations for the I.R.S., the position she currently holds.
Lerner is responsible for enforcing tax laws that apply to the more than 1.8 million tax exempt organizations.
She oversees about 900 employees. This was not a political appointment, the I.R.S. is an independent organization.
Monday morning, 22News requested an interview with Ms. Lerner, but the I.R.S. did not get back us.
On Friday, Lerner said there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but couldn't produce any examples of similar targeting of other groups.
Lerner also couldn't say if anyone is being disciplined.