One of the criteria used to determine which tax exemption applications would receive additional scrutiny was general criticism of how the "country is being run."
Emails released this morning by the House Oversight Committee reveal that there were four criteria used to determine which groups would received additional IRS scrutiny. The list of criteria was produced in response to an email request made by Holly Paz on June 1, 2011. Paz, a manager in the Exempt Organizations Guidance division asked "What criteria are being used to label a case a 'Tea Party case'? We want to think about whether those criteria are resulting in over-inclusion."