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May 16th, 2013

Bruce Braley Can’t Have It Both Ways

The IRS Targeted The Tea Party & Conservatives Because Washington Democrats Pressured Them To

A few years ago Senate Democrats began pressuring the IRS to target many of the conservative groups that the embattled agency now stands accused of doing. In fact, the Senate Democrat majority even threatened to take legislative action against the agency if it failed to target the groups. Perhaps that’s why so many Democrats are today feigning outrage.

This story has been well known for YEARS. Why did Bruce Braley keep quiet?

Surely Democrat Bruce Braley reads the New York Times, which 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 on it. “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 directed and pressured them to.

Silence is acceptance.  Bruce Braley’s deafening silence when the scandal first began makes him just as guilty of wrongdoing as the Senate Democrats who directly pressured the IRS to target these conservative groups.

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