WASHINGTON D.C. – 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 demanded to know how many Colorado groups were targeted and asked for assurance that all affected groups in Colorado be notified that they were targeted. Additionally, Gardner also asks for a detailed account of instances where information was unlawfully solicited from conservative groups and the current whereabouts of this information.
He noted that at least one group that applied for 501 (c) (4) status had its information illegally released to the public during the application process. In addition the organization was told it would need to provide transcripts for any media interviews it conducted as well as telephone calls and a list of all family members for individuals listed on the application.
“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 confidentially 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.”
If you are a group that believes it was unfairly targeted by the IRS for politically motivated reasons, please call Congressman Gardner’s office for a confidential consultation 970-351-6007