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The IRS Has Read Spectator.org Over 2,000 Times This Year

By on 5.16.13 | 10:57AM

Since January 1st, the Internal Revenue Service has read our website 2,615 times, including 36 visits on February 6 and 34 visits on May 10. 

After Watchdog.org broke news that the IRS had viewed their page 456 times since 2009, the Spectator searched for any site visitors with “.gov” in their IP address through Google Analytics.

In terms of visits, the agency is actually sixth out of ten different federal agencies to read the site since January; the Department of Homeland Security stands in first place with over 6,000 visits, while the Department of Justice comes in fourth with over 3,000.

Yesterday, President Obama asked for IRS Acting Commissioner Stephen T. Miller’s resignation after the agency selectively scrutinized Tea Party groups in their applications for tax-exempt status.

The three agencies displayed a heightened interest in certain days, such as Thursday, March 7.

On that day, we blogged multiple times about Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster against CIA Director John Brennan, including publishing Attorney General Holder’s letter to the senator. Simultaneously, we received 103 visits from the Department of Homeland Security, 68 visits from the Department of Justice, and 26 visits from the Internal Revenue Service. 

Congress and the FBI are investigating President Obama’s administration for several different scandals this week, including the Department of Justice’s seizure of AP phone records, the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of conservative organizations, and the terrorist attack in Benghazi.

The American Spectator Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, publishes The American Spectator, which may justify some visits from our national tax collector. Other visits may simply be IRS employees who were bored at work. But still, conservative organizations should analyze government visits on their websites.

As these scandals reveal themselves further, we realize that any and every organization is a potential victim of a runaway federal government.

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