Furious over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups seeking non-profit status, Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04) is demanding answers and offering to help affected groups in Colorado that were unfairly singled out.
In a letter to the IRS, Gardner demands to know how many Colorado groups were targeted and asks for assurance that all affected groups in Colorado be notified that they were targeted. He also asks for a detailed account of instances where information was unlawfully solicited from conservative groups and the current whereabouts of this information.
"The revelation that the IRS targeted groups based on their political beliefs is deeply troubling, and we want to make sure that the IRS owns up to all instances of discrimination and breaches of privacy," Gardner said. "I am making my office available to any group that has been wrongly targeted by the IRS. We are here to help in any way that we can."
Gardner promises confidentiality to any group that contacts his office with allegations that they were targeted by the IRS for political reasons, unless the group specifies otherwise. His office has already received information that a Colorado-based 501(c)(4) applicant had detailed information illegally disclosed to the public while applying for tax-exempt status last year.
In his letter, Gardner describes how applicants were also asked to provide "transcripts on any media interviews that took place, telephone calls, and to provide a list of family members for those listed on the application, among other excessive inquiries. When pressed for a legal basis for its inquiry, the IRS failed to disclose IRS policy, or any law."