McConnell warned IRS was ‘demanding attendance lists, meeting transcripts, and donor information’ from tea party groups

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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In the wake of revelations the IRS targeted conservative organizations, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on the White House “to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”

This is not a new project for McConnell. Speaking at AEI in June of 2012, he noted that tea party groups had “received a lengthy questionnaire from the IRS demanding attendance lists, meeting transcripts, and donor information.”

McConnell added: “One of the group’s leaders described the situation this way: ‘[groups like ours] either drown … in unnecessary paper work … or you survive, and give them everything they want, only to be hung.”

He continues,

” The head of one national advocacy group has released documents which show that his group’s confidential IRS information found its way into the hands of a staunch critic on the Left who also happens to be a co-chairman of President Obama’s re-election committee. The only way this information could have been made public is if someone leaked it from inside the IRS.”

Watch McConnells comments here (at around the 11 minute mark):

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