facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Menendez: Examine tax-exempt claims by political partisans

May 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- A top U.S. Senate Democrat said Congress should expand its focus on the Internal Revenue Service and examine the use of non-profit groups for partisan purposes.

In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Sunday conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status invited scrutiny because they were playing an increasing role in national partisan political strategies.

Menendez said it was wrong for the IRS to single out conservative groups applying for tax-exemptions but he said the uproar in Washington over the tactic opened the door to broader questions about the activities of organizations seeking 501 (c ) (4) tax status.

"There's a second scandal, and that is that hundreds of millions of dollars had been used in C-4s that are supposed to be used a non-profit social welfare entities, for political purposes," Menendez said. "It is pretty outrageous that the IRS went after small Tea Party groups when Karl Rove is out there saying he's using these C-4s to change the outcome of the next election."

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said on the same program the investigation should focus on what IRS employees did and whether the White House influenced the practice.

"We can talk about whether the laws ought to be changed, and I am for tax reform," Portman said. "But the question is whether there was an unbiased, even-handed enforcement of the laws."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks
2
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
3
Hurricane Odile strikes Mexican resort town Hurricane Odile strikes Mexican resort town
4
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
5
Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven' Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback