Posts tagged: IRS scandal
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo met with the Panhandle Pachyderm Club Friday at Templin's Red Lion Inn in Post Falls to discuss the latest on the Internal Revenue Service scandal. “We started hearing the IRS was targeting people about three years ago,” the senator told an audience of about 60 people. He said that is when he started looking into the issue and was told that there was nothing to it. “The head of the IRS said they were not targeting anyone for political purposes, even though he has been to the White House over a hundred times,” Crapo said, adding it was probably even more than 100 times. According to one audience member, he had been there 157 times. Since then, Crapo said Congress has learned that the agency was in fact targeting conservative groups that were engaged in political activity/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: Senator Mike Crapo met with Leslie Damiano on Friday to discuss her experiences with the IRS who demanded passwords to her computer accounts regarding Tea Party activities)
Question: Is it chilling to realize that a neighbor in Kootenai County has had this bad experience with the IRS?
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, asks: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: “Are you or is the IRS taking the position that somehow this coalition of audits that focused on people from these political perspectives just happened accidently?”
The man who led the Internal Revenue Service when it was giving extra scrutiny to tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status told Congress on Tuesday that he knew little about what was happening while he was still commissioner. Douglas Shulman, who vacated his position last November when his five-year term expired, told the Senate Finance Committee he didn’t learn all the facts until he read last week’s report by a Treasury inspector general confirming the targeting strategy. In his first public remarks since the story broke, Shulman said: “I agree this is an issue that when someone spotted it, they should have brought it up the chain. And they didn’t. I don’t know why”/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Do you think this targeting of Tea Party groups just happened?