‘What IRS did was wrong,’ Tipton says of vote

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress and to instruct Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS actions leading up to the 2012 elections.

Lerner, the former director of exempt organizations for the IRS, has refused to comply with a subpoena from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

House investigations showed that Lerner, who was director of exempt organizations from 2006 to 2013, targeted certain 501(c)(4) organizations for surveillance and audits, and delayed processing some application for nonprofit status. Most of the affected groups, 83 percent, were politically conservative, and of those audited, 100 percent were conservative, Tipton said.

“What the IRS did was wrong whether aimed at conservative groups, liberal groups or any group legally attempting to express their viewpoints,” Tipton said in a statement.

“The agency singled out groups that the current administration didn’t agree with, to silence voices, to stifle civic discussion.”


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