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May 7th, 2014

Braley Flip-Flops Again on IRS Targeting, Votes Against Lerner Contempt Measure

When news broke in 2013 that the IRS had improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley called the government agency’s actions “shameful”. However, just one year prior, Braley was one of the main proponents of a letter sent by congressional Democrats to the IRS, encouraging them to probe the political activities of non-profit groups.

Now, Braley has flip-flopped on IRS targeting again, showing his public statement was merely a smokescreen. Braley voted against a measure passed by the U.S. House to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt. Lerner repeatedly refused to answer questions to congressional hearings, invoking the Fifth Amendment.

Lerner was the chief of the IRS’ tax-exempt division. During the months preceding the 2012 election, Lerner’s division targeted conservative groups with additional scrutiny if they applied for tax exemptions.

Bruce Braley is the Democrats’ nominee-to-be for in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race. By refusing to hold Lerner in contempt, the liberal congressman shows he really does not care that the IRS targeted conservative groups.

In fact, combined with his letter, the evidence shows Bruce Braley encouraged the IRS’ behavior.

The contempt citation now goes to President Obama’s Justice Department, where it is sure to be rejected.

Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack also voted against the measure. Only six Democrats voted for holding Lerner in contempt.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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