NRSC - Shaheen Backpedals on IRS Targeting

After pressuring the IRS to target conservative groups, Shaheen now feigns outrage 

Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer and Jeanne Shaheen, pressured the IRS to target many of the conservative groups that the embattled agency now stands accused of doing. Senate Democrats even threatened to take legislative action against the agency if it failed to target the groups.

Perhaps that's why Jeanne Shaheen is now feigning outrage.

THEN: Chuck Schumer and Jeanne Shaheen led the charge, calling on the IRS to investigate many of these conservative groups.

  • The New York Times reported back in 2010: “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.”
  • The pressure grew so immense that the New York Times reported in a separate article: “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.”

NOW: Jeanne Shaheen is calling for an audit of the IRS - for a witch hunt she initiated.

"Two years ago, Democrats dismissed concerns over misuse of the IRS to audit conservative groups as groundless," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Why did the IRS target these groups? According to the New York Times, because Senate Democrats like Jeanne Shaheen pressured them to. Jeanne Shaheen owes it to the people of New Hampshire to explain why she encouraged the IRS to target people with different political views and opinions than her."