From prominent election lawyer Cleta Mitchell comes the disgusting detail with which the IRS hounded conservative groups, demanding so much information as to constitute a deliberately crippling workload.
Mitchell notes that prior to 2010, the scrutiny of 501(c) and 501(c) applications was brief and non-intrusive. She reprints a typical questionnaire to one of her clients in 2009, asking little more than an update on its articles of incorporation. Mitchell says that before 2010, applications for 501(c) took 3-12 months and for 501(c)s usually only 3-6 months.
Then, in 2010, it all changed.
To show how impossible compliance with the document requests was (and is) for would-be 501(c)s and 501(c)s, she submits actual questionnaires sent to her clients during 2011 and 2012 as they sought tax exempt status.