Tuesday, August 9, 2011

IRS Buckled To GOP Pressure On Secret Donations, Lawyer Says

IRS Buckled To GOP Pressure On Secret Donations, Lawyer Says

The Internal Revenue Service succumbed to pressure from Republican members of Congress last month when it suddenly shut down its examinations into whether five large donors had violated the law by not declaring their contributions to political 501(c)(4) groups as gifts, a lawyer representing progressive donors alleged Monday.

The IRS initially defended the examinations after their existence was made public, saying they had been initiated by career civil servants, and were not political in nature.

But noting the historic lack of enforcement of the provision, six Republican members of the Senate Budget Committee, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), accused the IRS of pursuing a Democratic political vendetta.

And on July 7, the IRS shut everything down until further notice. The five donors have never been identified

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