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McConnell Demands WH Review of IRS Abuse

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.

23 Responses to McConnell Demands WH Review of IRS Abuse

  1. Really Mitch, asking the guy who directed them to do it. How stupid do you think we are? If you were so positive on this, why wasn’t your worthless arse doing something in congress instead of giving Der Fuhrer his tax increases.

  2. *Incredible* McConnell would put out such a statement, as the Tea Party is his dire enemy: smaller government, libertarian values, freedom, border security. Everything cocaine-sniffing, martini-swilling Rove Republicans despise.

    I am not surprised that the Obama Administration were carrying out impeachable IRS operations targeting the Tea Party and TP-related organizations in the best neo-Marxist manner. So we must ask:

    Q: Will the Republicans do anything about this?
    A: No. The Republican Party (led by leftists McCain-Graham-McConnell) will bend over, apply generous amounts of lubricant and silently allow Ms. Maddow to apply the usual weekly squealing.

    • The democrats AND republicans are in concert to steal as much money as they possibly can from the American tax payer. That’s how they’ve gotten so wealthy. Conservatives are a threat to both parties because of their belief in limited government. It’s unfathomable to me why anyone would want government in the middle of their lives.

    • McConnell is up for re-election and is all-of-a-sudden an admirer of Rand Paul and the Tea Party. I expect good things from KY.

  3. An “apology”! what the heck prompted the most hated and powerful government agency to suddenly play nice? The last ‘apology’ was to singer DionneWarwick for overestimating her tax obligation in 2012, and before that was Sept 1997 for targeting entertainers and four unnamed citizens.
    Oh boy, there’s something coming down Pennslvania Ave that’s going to knock the Boston terrorist bombing, the Cleveland horrors, and the lies of Benghazi off the headlines.

  4. Saying the IRS was targeting a “particular type of group” is an ADMISSION the IRS was targeting people with views opposed to the Administration, given the words used. The only questsion is who ordered it. And we have a better change of finding out who ordered the military to stand down in Benghazi or whether Michelle Obama is getting free clothing from designers.

  5. Tea Party Patriots paid their rally fees, cleaned up after themselves and there were no arrests. On the other hand, there were no fees paid by OWS for squatting and panhandling which cost local govs and businesses a lot to clean up. For what?

    • Perhaps because only one of the two groups is in favor with the
      (p) Resident of the United States. Campaign house? Youbetcha. Governing house? Highly debatable.

    • Mark Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation fought to expose IRS political abuses directed at Tea Party groups.

      The NY Times reported at the time:
      Jay Sekulow, a conservative lawyer known more for his stands on religious freedom than for his tax work, said he is representing 16 Tea Party groups that are claiming harassment by the I.R.S., and the number is growing. He said he intended to demand an explanation from the Treasury Department on Wednesday for what he called “McCarthyism” tactics and that he would contact Republican lawmakers this week.

      “This is obviously a coordinated effort by the I.R.S. to stifle these Tea Party and Tea Party-affiliated groups, and to stifle free speech activities,” Mr. Sekulow said. “It’s as onerous as what they did to the N.A.A.C.P. in the 1950s, and I plan to make that point.”

  6. Mitch; “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.”

    Obama : “Sure, Mitch, I’ll tell Eric to get right on it. We’ll have a full investigation followed by a first-class cover up!”