It will be ironic to watch Democratic Senators investigate the IRS targeting of conservative political groups after several of them have previously called on the IRS to investigate the tax-exempt status of these same groups in the past.
In the summer of 2012, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin wrote several times to former IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and tax-exempt organizations director Lois Lerner expressing concern that certain “nonprofit organizations were abusing their tax-exempt status and engaging in partisan politics,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Levin listed 12 organizations he wanted the IRS to investigate. “Levin’s list contained nine conservative groups, including Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity,” the article said. “It also included two liberal groups and one centrist group.”
Now, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chairman Levin will be leading investigations into the IRS for doing exactly what he asked them to do.
The article listed other Democratic Senators who had asked the IRS to “investigate tax-exempt groups they believed were engaged in political activities” during the same years the IRS has recently admitted it was targeting conservative groups for additional scruitiny.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, said Levin should not be surprised that the IRS was caught targeting Tea Party groups when senators are sending these kinds of letters.
“And he wonders why the IRS gets caught using partisan criteria to investigate Americans,” said Smith.