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Senate Democrats Pressured IRS to Crack Down on Tea Party

The same Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who this week is calling for hearings into IRS activities, specifically called on the IRS to engage in that very conduct back in 2010. And he wasn’t the only one. Just last year, a group of seven Senate Democrats sent another letter to the IRS urging them to similarly investigate these outside political organizations.

As the New York Times also reported just one week before they sent this letter:

The Internal Revenue Service is caught in an election-year struggle between Democratic lawmakers pressing for a crackdown on nonprofit political groups and conservative organizations accusing the tax agency of conducting a politically charged witch hunt.

Voters in New Hampshire may be interested to learn that Jeanne Shaheen was among the signatories of that letter urging action by the IRS.

So lost amid the hubbub surrounding the news that the IRS engaged in McCarthyite tactics to target specific political groups, and their subsequent apology for those tactics, has been the fact that the lobbying campaign from Senate Democrats actually worked.

From Max Baucus to Chuck Schumer to Jeanne Shaheen, key Senate Democrats publicly pressured the IRS to target groups that held differing political views and who, in their view, had the temerity to engage in the political process. The IRS listened to them and acted. And other Democrat senators like Kay Hagan and Mark Pryor said and did nothing about it.

Perhaps their strategy of distraction may work in the short-term with a Washington press corps pulled in a multitude of different directions, but Senate Democrats have a serious political problem that will haunt them as they head into an already-difficult election cycle. When these Senate Finance Committee hearings come to pass it would be a remarkable act of bravery and candor for one of these IRS bureaucrats to appropriately ask Max Baucus and others why they’re not sitting at the witness tables next to them, instead of continuing in their charade of faux outrage.

Because Senate Democrats today have just as much explaining to do as the IRS.

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  • ARETHEYNUTS

    Fire everybody. Top-down, bottom-up

  • BrowndogJr

    If only they had the guts to do so but it ain’t gonna happen……..

  • TexRancher

    No surprise that Chucky Schemer was involved. Now will he pay the price along with the other scumbuckets? Probably not since Democrats get away with anything as the law is for other people not them!

  • I_P_Frehley

    Everything’s fine, nothing to see here…move along

  • ezekiel22

    This is getting deeper by the minute. I had better get my waders on before the shoes are gone. Okay so now can we get the senators censured? That would be trick in itself.

  • alaskaboy

    and we are surprised by this? Lets hope the news media reports this also.

  • marineh2ominer

    Every democratic Senator , now that this has come out , should be sentenced to five years in prison IMMEDIATELY , no trial necessary .

  • Junk Bin

    conspiracy to overthrow the USA would be an interesting approach

  • Lowell

    Everyone that played a part in this scandal must face the judge. If not we are doomed. I personally believe there is so many self serving, corrupt politicians there are not enough honest ones left to do anything about them.

  • skipsart

    McCarthyite tactics? You know nothing of McCarthy

  • DE Navarro

    And the truth begins to emerge.

  • Scott

    “but Senate Democrats have a serious political problem that will haunt them as they head into an already-difficult election cycle”
    Only a politician could get away this and still be illegible for re-election.
    Really?