Obama Slams 'Outrageous' IRS Targeting
Alleged behavior is unacceptable, he says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Monday, May 13, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – President Obama officially responded to the widening IRS targeting scandal today, promising to hold the organization responsible if it engaged in any unacceptable behavior and saying he first learned of the accusations through reports in the media. "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. And there's no place for it," Obama said. "And they have to be held fully accountable."

"The IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they're ... applying the laws in a nonpartisan way," he continued, according to CNN. Also today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus called for an investigation into the matter by his committee; lawmakers were blasting the IRS left and right yesterday on the Sunday talk shows.

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okaragozian
May 14, 2013 6:34 AM CDT
I give the President the benefit of the doubt as I don't believe that he is personally involved in every thing that his minions do; there are just too many people doing too many things for the President to have control over. That said, it's a sad legacy that an administration is stained with Constitutional violations and targeted partisan tax enforcement.
icnorth
May 14, 2013 6:06 AM CDT
"The IRS ultimately identified approximately 300 such organizations, many of which were independently organized in 2009 and 2010 under the larger 'tea party' banner. Those groups had a decisive impact in the 2010 midterm congressional elections, and became a thorn in the side of the Democratic party, costing it race after race, especially in the House of Representatives, which shifted to Republican control." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323978/Revealed-The-55-questions-IRS-asked-tea-party-group-years-waiting--including-demands-names-donors-volunteers.html#ixzz2TGQby6MJ Of course The Tea Party is totally apolitical and would never circumvent the rules governing their tax exempt status... "The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes."
reallybig
May 13, 2013 10:52 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ....... Obama is the dumbest US President in history .. and always says he knows nothing about anything, that happens in his administration .. and blames anybody who questions why he doesn't know anything .. as Republicans on a witch hunt...... REALLY ..... Somebody should research how Obama got a high school diploma, and a college degree .. and find out what toilet he was born in........A minority High school diploma and a minority college degree .. with a 5th grade education .. and with no critical thinking skills? .EVERYTHING ..... Obama and his Team does is illegal .. like the use of the Obama killer drones that kill thousands of innocent men, women and children .. using the CIA to assassinate Ambassador Stevens and 3 other Americans .. and using the IRS to persecute the opposition Tea Party and right-wing innocents .. and either like he knows nothing .. or .. he's a complete dumb-ass. My opinion? ---- nobody could be as stupid as Obama acts? --------------------------------------- REALLY