Bureaucracy

The IRS and a statistics problem

Jul 22 '13

John Mashey writes:

Have you or do you know if anyone has looked at this hypothesis:
“The IRS unfairly targeted conservative organizations for scrutiny in getting 501(c)(4) status.”

I’d think one would want to have:
N years of rates of application (because I conjecture there was a big burst after Citizens United)
Some grouping of those into “conservative,” “progressive” or other.
Rates of investigation, time taken.
Rates of rejection.

I haven’t followed this carefully enough, but it actually looks like an reasonable social science question, if only to identify the
data actually required to reach any real conclusions.

I have no idea.