Republican lawmakers hear complaints about wider abuses from IRS
On the Money – Daniel Strauss – 5/25/2013
Several Republicans say their constituents have come to them with examples of Internal Revenue Service intimidation that goes beyond the agency's targeting of conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate say they’ve been told of other examples of bullying since the IRS apologized for targeting Tea Party groups.
Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) office set up a web page encouraging constituents to come forward with examples of the IRS targeting Texans.
“In the short time since it was launched, we’ve received nearly 60 stories of the IRS targeting Texans for their political beliefs, and it is not limited to just tea party members,” Brandewie said in an email to The Hill.
“Texans who have donated to conservative causes as far back as 2008 have told us they believe they’ve been targeted, citing excessive paperwork, lengthy interviews, intimidating communications from agents, and even audits of their small businesses. These include Texans who donated to Sarah Palin in 2008, Mitt Romney in 2012, and to groups like Freedomworks and the Heritage Foundation.”
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