There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the IRS targeting various applications for tax-exempt organizations and scrutinizing their application more closely. These applications typically have the words "tea-party" or "patriot" in the name or description. It is my understanding these tax-exempt applications are sent to a group of specialists to be assessed for flaws and inaccuracies. Many republicans have stated that this is wrong, disrespectful, and possibly illegal (?).
My question is: why would it be wrong for the IRS to target certain groups with extra scrutiny with regards to tax collection?
Please note that I am not particularly concerned with the political affiliation of these groups. Furthermore, I believe this question can be broadened: Would it also be inappropriate to scrutinize other groups such as hedge-fund manager, large corporations, or any group/person with a lot of money?