Rep. Kelly Condemns IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups for Political Beliefs

May 10, 2013 Issues: Government Oversight and Reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, issued the following statement today expressing outrage over the admission by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it deliberately singled out approximately 75 groups last year for excessive and inappropriate review based on their suspected conservative political affiliation.

“The IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups for their political beliefs is beyond chilling and smacks of the bullying practices of a third world autocracy. That the levers of our government were used to harass certain citizens and undermine their First Amendment rights is frankly sickening. Such a blatant abuse of power by any federal agency or office cannot be tolerated and must be punished. I will support every effort by Chairman Boustany and the Oversight subcommittee to guarantee that this behavior at the IRS is never allowed to happen again.”