WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today reacted to emerging reports about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative groups with extraordinary scrutiny from 2010 to 2012.
Late last week the IRS admitted it had improperly targeted conservative groups applying for the normal tax-exempt status of other advocacy groups. In subsequent reports, it has been revealed that the IRS focused increased scrutiny on groups that “criticized how the country is being run” and expressed an interest in public awareness “on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
Roby responded with the following statement:
“The more we learn about the IRS debacle, the more outrageous it becomes. Last year Congress was told there was ‘absolutely no targeting’ of conservative groups. Then, after the truth came out, we were told senior IRS officials were ‘unaware’ of such targeting. Now we learn that senior IRS officials did know, and they knew for more than a year.
“For the IRS to target groups based on political beliefs isn’t just wrong, it is un-American. Actions of this nature erode the public’s trust of this Administration and of the government as a whole. Who can blame us for being skeptical about what we are told by the people who pull the levers of power in Washington?
“I join my colleagues in demanding answers as to how this could have occurred, and why the American people weren’t told the truth from the beginning. Congress must use its full investigative resources and authority to get to the bottom of this to ensure that all the facts are known and that it never happens again. Those responsible for this brazen abuse of government power must be held accountable.”