Should the IRS target conservatives? ‘Absolutely,’ says Shaheen

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is pulling no punches with where she’s at on the IRS targeting conservative groups.

The Hill asked her “if the IRS should play a more active role policing political advocacy by groups that claim to be focused on social welfare.” Her response? “Absolutely.”

We are in an election year, after all.

Shaheen’s refrain echoed the sentiments of virtually every Senate Democrat interviewed in the story, all of whom are up for re-election this year and are regarded as vulnerable in varying degrees. Both Alaska Senator Mark Begich and Arkansas’s Mark Pryor felt the same way.

For Shaheen, such rhetoric is likely to again find her on the slippery slope of inconsistency.

Amid last year’s allegations that the IRS had illegally singled out conservative groups for heightened scrutiny, she called for a full audit of the organization.

“The inspector general’s report highlighted the need for close scrutiny of the IRS and holding the agency accountable,” Shaheen said at the time. “In light of these abuses, and in the interest of fairness for all taxpayers, we need a full and thorough audit of all of the IRS’s practices. Only then will the IRS be able to regain faith and trust of the American public.”

Seems they’ve regained that trust in her eyes.

In 2012, she and other Democrats penned a letter urging the IRS to step up its game on regulating 501(c)(4) groups. Meaning she’s tacked one way or the other on the issue for three years running.

Author: Staff Reporter

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  • Ed

    “The Hill asked her “if the IRS should play a more active role policing political advocacy by groups that claim to be focused on social welfare.” Her response? “Absolutely.””

    The headline is misleading. Where does Shaheen say the IRS should target ‘conservative groups’??

    All 501(c)(4) groups – left and right – deserve closer scrutiny. We need secretive money out of politics.