The level of Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status went as far as the IRS actually requesting the “prayers” of a pro-life organization in Iowa.
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock drilled acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller on the IRS’s inappropriate questioning of the Coalition for Life of Iowa and two other pro-life groups during a hearing before Congress Friday.
Miller, who spent most of the day answering questions on the IRS scandal saying he didn’t know, couldn’t answer, or couldn’t recall, answered Schock’s question pretty much the same way.
Schock began by asking Miller about the IRS asking the Iowa pro-life group to “Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers.”
“Would that be an appropriate question to a 501(c)3 applicant?” Schock asked. “The content of one’s prayers?”
“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller responded yet again.
“You don’t know whether or not that would be an appropriate question to ask?” Schock asked.
“Speaking outside of this case, which I don’t know anything about, it would surprise me that that question was asked,” Miller said.
According to the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm who represents these three pro-life groups, the request for details on member’s prayers, prayer meetings, educational seminars and even signs held outside a Planned Parenthood establishment were just some examples of the harassment endured by these groups since 2009 from the IRS’s misconduct.
Watch Rep. Schock grill Miller via NRO on YouTube here:
Read the report from the Thomas More Society on IRS harassment of pro-life groups here.