TAKE ACTION: Congress is starting to go after the IRS on several fronts, in reaction to this OUTRAGE. There is some legislation being introduced, which we’ll focus on in the next week or so. But first, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a stern warning on the Senate floor regarding the need for cooperation and transparency from the Obama administration as Congress investigates the IRS scandal; and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) has drafted a letter that his colleagues in Congress are signing onto, to Obama’s Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (who oversees the IRS). WE NEED TO BACK CONGRESS UP — WE NEED TO CONTACT JACK LEW, TOO.
You can send a message directly to Sec. Lew by selecting HERE. Feel free to write your own letter, or you can modify the letter written by Rep. Bridenstine like I did:
Dear Secretary Lew:
I am joining my voice with my fellow Americans, including Members of Congress, to express my deep concern with the recent admission by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it singled out conservative political groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle. The Associated Press reported that Lois Lerner, the IRS head for tax-exempt groups, admitted that IRS treated these groups unfairly, to include screening organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” in tax-exempt status applications and even asking for donor lists, which is a violation of IRS policy.
Ms. Lerner’s revelations are very disturbing. In March 2012, then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified before the House Ways and Means Committee and stated that conservative political groups were not being targeted. It is hard to reconcile Commissioner Shulman’s testimony with Ms. Lerner’s subsequent admission of unfair and discriminatory action leveled against tea party groups. It appears like the IRS is following the familiar script of blaming “low level” officials for mistakes that may violate IRS policy at best and federal election law at worst. It is difficult for me to accept that higher level IRS and Treasury officials are blameless.
Many Members of Congress reported hearing numerous complaints from conservative organizations that the IRS was singling them out. Instead of the truth, they were offered now-discredited assurances during the 2012 election cycle that no “flagging” of conservative and tea party groups was occurring.
I respectfully ask that you provide Congress with answers to all of their questions regarding notifying the organizations that were targeted; the donor lists that were solicited from these groups; any internal investigations conducted prior to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman emphatic denial of targeting Tea Party groups; and finally, whether the IRS bothered to also flag organizations on the left, such as those associated with the so-called “Occupy Wall Street” movement.
I’m calling on you and the Obama administration to make available, completely and without restriction, everyone who can answer the questions Congress has as to what was going on at the IRS, who knew about it, and how high it went. No more stonewalling, no more incomplete answers, no more misleading responses, no holding back witnesses, no matter how senior their current or former positions — Congress needs full transparency and cooperation. The American people deserve answers.
I look forward to your prompt action on this important matter.
While those most affected in this situation were groups and organizations affiliated with the Tea Party movement, ALL Americans deserve to know to what extent partisan politics is affecting the everyday decision making process at the IRS. Please send a message to Sec. Jack Lew TODAY, and contact your Congressional Representative and ask them to sign the letter. This harassment is entirely inappropriate — we need to DEMAND further explanation.