Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is responding to the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) admission that it targeted conservative-leaning groups during the 2012 campaign.
In April 2012, Hultgren joined a number of colleagues in writing a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, requesting more information about how and why certain nonprofit organizations were targeter for unnecessary paperwork.
The issue was ignored for nearly a year, but the IRS has now admitted wrongdoing in the case.
The admission came after internal investigations by the Treasury Department uncovered how the IRS brought improper scrutiny on social welfare nonprofit organizations that stated their view on the proper role of government or focued their public awareness efforts on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Hultgren responded by saying this is proof the president and his administration put their political interests above all else.
As if we needed further evidence of the extreme lengths this President and his Administration are willing to go in order to put their political interests above all else, this most recent scandal involving the IRS removes all doubt. Using a taxpayer-funded government entity to target and harass private citizens and groups exercising their First Amendment rights is beyond reprehensible. The President should clean house at the IRS and hold those responsible accountable for their actions, including the White House officials who knew and allowed it to happen.
These actions by the IRS exacerbate the deep distrust many Americans already hold toward the agency and complicate efforts to enact comprehensive tax reform. We have a tax code that is already too complicated, and the Administration is now using it as a weapon to suppress free speech.
When the Department of Justice is accused of illegally obtaining telephone records to pressure journalists, EPA is being accused of giving preferential treatment for FOIA requests, and the State Department is actively withholding information and suppressing whistleblowers regarding Benghazi, the American people need answers. These actions are all emblematic of the growing arrogance and disregard for the law seen by this Administration.
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