U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) issued the following statement Monday after reports that the Internal Revenue Service had improperly targeted tax-exempted 501(c)(4) groups with the words "tea party," "patriot" and "9/12" in their name.
"Reports of politically biased targeting within the Internal Revenue Service are deeply disturbing and should be treated seriously and decisively. These accusations are outrageous and cannot be tolerated. Ideological discrimination is absolutely unacceptable and those responsible for it -- including those who were aware of it and allowed it to happen -- should be held accountable."