IRS Accused of Targeting Conservative Groups

Meridian, Miss.

"This is something that should never have happened. They've got to be neutral in their views and they made political decisions."

Both Democrat and Republican government officials agree with Mississippi Congressman Gregg Harper in the fact that the IRS overstepped its bounds when reviewing non-profit status applications from conservative groups. After being granted non-profit status, like many Tea Party organizations were, tax laws dictate that while they don't have to pay taxes or disclose donor identities, they cannot engage in political activity, but whether those groups did or did not is not the issue here.

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker says, "This is an outrage, for people with investigative power to single out organizations because of their political beliefs and treat them more harshly than others."

While the IRS did target groups presenting the most opposition to President Obama and the Democratic Party, he agrees with Harper and Wicker.

"The IRS, as an independent agency, requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they're applying it in a non-partisan way."

Now, members of Congress, including some from Mississippi, are calling for a full investigation, and for those responsible for targeting, to be punished.

Wicker believes that, "An apology is not going to be sufficient. We need to make sure that the people who were responsible for this are removed from that responsibility so we can make sure that people aren't targeted in the future."

Mississippi Representative Alan Nunnelee says that he will fight so the IRS can't target other nonprofits.

"If they can target Tea Party and patriot groups, they can target churches, and we are not going to let this ride."


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