Democrats highlight IRS targeting of liberals, slam probe
House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa (R) and the panel's top Democrat Elijah Cummings (L) have fueded publicly over the IRS scandal.
July 12th, 2013
03:11 PM ET
1 year ago

Democrats highlight IRS targeting of liberals, slam probe

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Democrats revealed new documents on Friday indicating the Internal Revenue Service subjected both liberal and conservative organizations to additional tax scrutiny in recent years, raising new questions about assertions of unfair politically based targeting.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House committee investigating the matter, asked his GOP counterpart to summon the Treasury Department's chief investigator, J. Russell George, to a panel hearing scheduled for next Thursday.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Issa's political charade is over. He should be investigated!

    July 12, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Jim

    Maybe these were just the organizations that didn't cough up enough money to someone's campaign fund?

    July 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    But but but....ummmmmmmmm....BENGHAZI!!!!

    July 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    Hey Sniffit, CNN finally got around to this one. :)

    July 12, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. jinx9to88

    There is no way Issa will bring George back to testify that liberals and progressive groups were also targeted, remember Isaa was only picking the talking points that he wanted the public to hear about the tea party. Issa was trying to get a rise out of the tea party base to help his party.

    July 12, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Hey Sniffit, CNN finally got around to this one. :) "

    Haha...yeah...it's like waiting for the slow kid in class to finish his test last.

    July 12, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    I thought the Issa witch hunt would never be reported on Fox or CNN. At least CNN has some journalistic integrity. I said, " . . . some."

    July 12, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. DENNA

    This should make the GOP Wild-eyed Right happy. I remember that radicals, usually Democrats, were subject to all kinds of scrutiny by the GOP, looking for something, anything, to discredit the Liberal movement. Funny how they howled like they were undergoing surgery without being put to sleep when it happened to them.

    July 12, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. DENNA

    Funny how the GOP howled like stuck pigs when the IRS got after them. Don't you know that the IRS watches everyone. Liberal groups have also been targeted. I'll bet the right wasn't outraged about that!

    July 12, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. g

    oh no the irs doing their job and looking for cheaters oh no

    July 12, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. just askin

    total bs and a democrat smoke screen. how many liberal and progressive groups were actually denied a determination by the irs for 2-3 years? zero. that is the scandal, not just that they were targetted but that they were also harrassed abd denied a timely ruling on their application.

    July 12, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Uh, Well,
    The charge that Liberal's and Progressaves, (Mafia) were also targeted came late to the Party. The Federal Government has no business in collecting and disbursing money in most cases. But as long as the Inmates are running the Asylum, you can expect more smoke and mirrors from the left. The Federal Government is too big. Much needs to be returned to the States.

    July 12, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are the worst possible liars, ever.

    July 12, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Tony

    Wait!! Could it be that the IRS was just scrutinizing political groups (many of them conservative) that applied for 501c4 status, because 501c4 is supposed to be for social welfare groups?

    July 12, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are the worst possible liars, ever.
    _______________________
    Issa's a Democrat!!!???
    Look, bud, like Benghazi, this fake GOP scandal just went down in flames too. are you beginning to figure ANYTHING out yet?

    July 12, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "total bs and a democrat smoke screen. how many liberal and progressive groups were actually denied a determination by the irs for 2-3 years? zero."

    The only ones denied at all were 3 liberal groups.

    July 12, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. DENNA

    @ Rick McDaniel

    The Dems are the worst possible liars, ever.
    ....................................................................................................................................................................................
    Bwahahaha. Oh Rick, you're cute. If a Republican told me the sun was shining, I would seriously check before agreeing. If the truth will set you free, there will never be a free Republican. Hahaha. Please keep up the jokes.

    July 12, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |