A letter from Tom McClintock:
Today, sixty-two Members of Congress sent a letter to the IRS demanding that the agency stop its intrusive and abusive treatment of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.
From every corner of the country, Tea Party groups are coming forward with complaints of burdensome questionnaires — in some cases seeking donor lists and copies of every speech given at their events — coupled with unreasonable timelines and other heavy-handed tactics the only purpose of which appears to be delays and obstruction.
The ability of a group of citizens to freely associate for a common purpose is the bedrock of liberty. Now, this basic right seems to be under attack from the Obama administration using one of the most powerful and feared federal agencies – the IRS.
Throughout this administration’s tenure, we have seen multiple cases of contempt for basic American freedoms, but this latest example is perhaps one of the most egregious.
As such, I have asked the House of Representatives for a rigorous investigation and if found to be accurate, that those officials responsible be exposed, disgraced, dismissed and debarred from any further position of trust or power within our government.