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May 15, 2013 - 8:30pm

Collins expresses outrage over IRS targeting political groups

posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-27, chris collins.

Press release:

Outraged over recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) singled out and targeted conservative political groups, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has signed a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew voicing concern and demanding answers.

Drafted by Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), the letter calls for an explanation regarding reports that Lois Lerner, the IRS head for tax-exempt groups, admitted that the IRS treated conservative political groups unfairly by screening organizations with “tea party” or “patriot” in tax-exempt status applications, and violated IRS policy by asking these groups for donor lists.

“The actions of the IRS are inexcusable. The American people have questions and Secretary Lew, with the ultimate authority over the IRS, must provide answers,” said Congressman Collins. “I am one of many members of Congress, on either side of the aisle, who continues to seek more information.”

This letter is a first step in calling for the responsible individuals to be held accountable, and requests assurance from Secretary Lew that the targeted groups are notified, among other actions.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

Jeff Allen
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Why is the word outrage in quotations in the headline?

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Because the press release says he's outraged. Since outrage is an emotional response, we can only really take his word for it since we can't see into a man's heart. It's not questioning it, but as the headline writer I can't state it as a fact that he's outraged. I can only say that he says he's outraged.

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Only the most Partisan Democrat would not be 'Outraged' actually. Pretty much exactly the same thing John Dean orchestrated during Watergate times.

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