Ultimatum to Shaheen and Shea-Porter: Release your correspondences with the IRS, or we will be forced to sue the agency
Fox News reported this week that a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration that Lois Lerner's Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups.
Last week, we announced that on July 23rd, the IRS finally responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by our organization on June 24, 2014. The request was issued based on the IRS's supposed "lost" emails on their irrevocably damaged computers.
In the letter responding to us, the IRS wrote that they will not be able comply with our request in the '20 business-day period' as required by law. They extended the response period for an additional '10 days,' as allowed by statute. However, the letter continues by stating the need for even more time and that they will not comply until after October 23, 2014. The letter then goes on to inform us that we can file a suit after August 6, 2014 regarding their non-compliance.
The response we received from the IRS can be viewed HERE.
A copy of the original request was delivered to the to the offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter on June 24, 2014, due to the fact that both Shaheen and Shea-Porterpublicly called on the IRS to target conservative groups during their tenure. We have not received a response from either of their offices. It is important to note that Congress has exempt itself from FOIA requests, so they legally do not have to respond to us - a luxury that average Americans do not have.
This week's news reports yield more proof that Lois Lerner deliberately worked to hide her targeting of conservative groups by destroying her Blackberry. Coupled with blatant stalling from the IRS to release correspondences with Senator Shaheen's offices and Congresswoman Shea-Porter's offices, we are calling on Shaheen and Shea-Porter, one last time, to be open and honest with their constituents and release all correspondences between their offices and the IRS. If they fail to do so, we will be forced to begin the process of taking legal action against the IRS on September 10, 2014.
Zero: That's how many Town Hall meetings Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, and Kuster held over the August recess
For over a year, we at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire have been calling on Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster to hold an open Town Hall meeting with their constituents. We were hopeful that with increased pressure from countless Granite Staters like you, as well as significant criticism from almost every major newspaper in New Hampshire, that they would finally stop hiding and actually meet with their constituents to hear their concerns. Sadly though, it is clear that the four aforementioned elected officials have no desire to hear from anyone other than their liberal supporters, party bosses, and Washington special interest groups.
We still encourage you to call their offices and express your disappointment with them, however, you can amplify your voice even further by simply talking with your friends and family about Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, and Kuster hiding from New Hampshire. Post about their lack of openness on social media, write a letter to the editor of your newspaper, or take action by volunteering with our organization.
While we are extremely critical of Shaheen's, Hassan's, Shea-Porter's, and Kuster's lack of transparency, is important to note that New Hampshire does have one elected official who held a Town Hall meeting in August. Senator Kelly Ayotte held a public meeting in Littleton on Thursday. This was actually her tenth Town Hall meeting this year.
Take a moment to call Senator Ayotte's office at 603-622-7979 and thank her for taking the time to listen to her constituents' views.
Your Voice: Letters to the Editor
Are you interested in volunteering to spread the message of lower taxes, less spending, and a smaller government, but you don't have time to help with our phone banking and door knocking programs? If so, writing a letter to the editor of your local newspapers can be a very effective and easy way to help.
If you are a frequent letter to the editor writer, please take this as a reminder to sit down and write another. If not, our field staff can help you with content and information about the easiest ways to get your letter printed. For more information, please email John@StrongNH.com.