When Lois Lerner tried to inoculate herself from scandal by planting a question at a Friday afternoon conference, her excuse was to pass the blame to “low-level employees” in Cincinnati. The official IRS statement was:
“Between 2010 and 2012, the IRS saw the number of applications for section 501(c)(4) status double. As a result, local career employees in Cincinnati sought to centralize work and assign cases to designated employees in an effort to promote consistency and quality. This approach has worked in other areas. However, the IRS recognizes we should have done a better job of handling the influx of advocacy applications.”
It’s important to note that the centerpiece of the “flood” fairy tale was that Citizens United created a huge influx of new tax exempt organizations.