The Republican 'IRS targeting scandal' was a conspiracy theory — but IRS budget woes are an actual problem
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By Philip Hackney, James E. & Betty M. Phillips Professor of Law, Louisiana State University . Members of the tea party movement seen rallying outside the Capitol in 2013. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Conservatives have been seething since 2013 over what they say was an unfair and imbalanced effort by the IRS to scrutinize right-leaning organizations more closely than other groups seeking nonprofit status.