The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for flagging Tea Party groups for a higher level of scrutiny than other organizations during the 2012 election.
Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS’s section that overseas tax-exempt organizations, said groups whose names included “patriot” or “Tea Party” were targeted for additional reviews, according to The Associated Press.
Lerner apologized for the IRS’s actions, which she said were done by lower-level Ohio workers.
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) called for a government-wide review in the wake of the IRS’s admission.
“Today’s acknowledgment by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough,” McConnell said in a statement. “Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”