Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) demanded today that the White House investigate what appears to be targeting by IRS of conservative groups.
The IRS has acknowledged “mistakes” for singling out for heightened scrutiny groups that had words like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their title. But it denies a political motivation, saying the effort was part of an attempt to deal with applications for nonprofit status from “a particular type of group,” and in this case used keywords to identify those with common features.
Republicans aren’t buying it. Said McConnell:
Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.
Last year, amid reports that the Obama administration was using the levers of executive power to harass conservative political groups in Kentucky and elsewhere, I issued a very public warning to the administration that the targeting of private citizens on the basis of their political views would not be tolerated.
Today’s apology by the IRS is proof that those concerns were well founded. But make no mistake, an apology won’t put this issue to rest.
The issue was first raised last year, but the IRS only today is offering an apology.
H/T to Donovan Slack at Politico.