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Rep. Lipinski Statement on Report that IRS Targeted Conservative Groups

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today in response to reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted “tea party,” “patriot,” and other conservative groups for special scrutiny:

“I am extremely troubled by the recent reports of highly inappropriate, perhaps illegal, actions at the Internal Revenue Service. Targeting any individuals or organizations and subjecting them to heightened IRS scrutiny because of their political beliefs is not only outrageous, but it goes against the very set of principles that are the foundation of our country. This abuse of power must be investigated thoroughly so we can get to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible. We need to know who was involved, who knew about it and when, and what was done when these actions came to light. Even if there are only a few inside the IRS who abused their power, they must be held accountable, and quickly, so we can begin to restore the trust of the American people.”