May 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, said the IRS’ added scrutiny on tea party groups appears “completely politically motivated,” contradicting statements from IRS officials.”
At a Senate hearing today, Toomey pointed in particular to IRS leaders’ inability — or unwillingness — to say who allowed the tea party targeting to resume even after it had first been stopped.
“We don’t even know who made the decision. How do we know what motivated that decision? And on the face of it it certainly appears that it’s completely politically motivated,” Toomey said. He added, “To my knowledge, there was no criteria idenfitying left-of-center organizations.”
IRS leaders and some Democrats have said the targeting is wrong, but do not believe it was motivated by politics. Continue reading
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