Tipton Votes for Investigation of IRS and to Hold Lerner in Contempt

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted to instruct the Attorney General to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of non-profit conservative organizations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) when those groups were operating fully within the scope of the law. Tipton also voted to hold Lois Lerner, the Former Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  In 2010, the IRS began targeting certain non-profit organizations for additional surveillance and audits, and deliberately delayed processing the applications of certain groups applying for non-profit status. Subsequent investigations by the House Committee on Ways and Means uncovered that of the groups targeted for additional scrutiny by the IRS, 83 percent were politically conservative, and of those audited, 100 percent were conservative. Lois Lerner served as Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS from 2006 to 2013-which oversaw these applications.  In emails obtained by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Lerner instructed the Office of the Chief Counsel to get involved in the targeting of conservative non-profits, and wrote, “Tea Party Matter very dangerous.”  In a statement, Tipton said, ““This was an appalling abuse of power, it was illegal, and those responsible have still not been held accountable.”  Pictured: Scott Tipton