Washington, D.C. - Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen, Carl Levin, Max Baucus, and Al Franken pressured the IRS to target many of the conservative groups that the embattled agency now stands accused of doing. The Senate Democrat majority even went so far as to threaten to take legislative action against the agency if it failed to target the groups. Perhaps that's why Jeanne Shaheen is today feigning outrage.
Chuck Schumer and Jeanne Shaheen led the charge, calling on the IRS to investigate many of these conservative groups.
“With growing scrutiny of the role of tax-exempt groups in political campaigns, Congressional Republicans are pushing back against Democrats by warning about the possible misuse of the Internal Revenue Service to audit conservative groups….And the Republicans are also upset about an I.R.S. review requested by Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who leads the Finance Committee, into the political activities of tax-exempt groups. Such a review threatens to "chill the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights," wrote two Republican senators, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Jon Kyl of Arizona, in a letter sent to the I.R.S. ... Democrats dismissed the Republicans' complaints as groundless.”
"Two years ago, Democrats dismissed concerns over misuse of the IRS to audit conservative groups as groundless," said NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. "Why did the IRS target these people? Because Jeanne Shaheen and Chuck Schumer pressured them to. Today, Shaheen is pretending to be outraged by her OWN actions."
The pressure grew so immense that the New York Times reported: “The Internal Revenue Service is caught in an election-year struggle between Democratic lawmakers pressing for a crackdown on nonprofit political groups and conservative organizations accusing the tax agency of conducting a politically charged witch hunt.”
Why did the IRS target conservative groups? According to the New York Times, because Senate Democrats like Jeanne Shaheen directed and pressured them to.