The Internal Revenue Service’s political targeting might not have been limited to a few “rogue Cincinnati agents” or even organizations seeking nonprofit status. A major Mitt Romney fundraiser and campaign official — along with her husband and three other family members — all got a visit from the taxman in 2012.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, Kit Moncrief, a big-money fundraiser and state chair in Texas for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, recounted an unusual telephone call she received from an IRS agent on her personal cell phone in the spring of last year.
“The first place [the agent] called me was on my cell phone,” Moncrief said, explaining that she believed the only place the agent could have accessed the number was from a Romney list. “The number is listed under my husband’s name. She wouldn’t have been able to be able to have my cell phone number because on the IRS form it shows the office number.
“She would have had to have gotten it from the Romney list. That’s the only way I can figure out how she got the number,” Moncrief said.
The family business, Moncrief Oil, had faced an audit in the 1990s due to a whistle-blowing employee. But according to Moncrief, the agent explained that her call was due to an “administration directive.”
“She said, ‘Let me just tell you this was not a disgruntled employee, this was a directive from the administration to look into y’all,’” Moncrief said.
“I don’t know if the directive was for money or political, both of which seem very wrong to me,” Moncrief added later when asked for further clarification on the “directive.” She added, “They seem to want to punish people who do well or people who disagree with them.”
Moncrief said the process was “strange” on two levels.
“It was just very strange, number one that she called me for the family business. The tax returns would have said to call the office. And number two she probably said something that she shouldn’t have said, that this was a directive from the administration,” she added.
According to Kit Moncrief the agent was very interested in her, asking Moncrief’s employees specific questions about her activities.
Kit and her husband Charles Moncrief were not the only Moncriefs the IRS visited.