As a member of the House Ways and Means committee, Congressman Aaron Schock continues to play an active role in the ongoing investigation of the IRS targeting of conservative learning organizations as well as the targeting of pro-life and religious groups.
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On May 17, the committee held its first hearing with then acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, who has since resigned. Congressman Schock during his questioning of Commissioner Miller inquired about the reports of the targeting of organizations based on their personal beliefs. Congressman Schock’s persistence about the IRS interactions with pro-life and religious organizations has helped to raise the awareness of the depth about the improper activities of the IRS.
In turn, the committee held its second hearing on June 4th featuring six organizations targeted by the IRS based on their personal beliefs, this included an organization Congressman Schock cited during the initial hearing in May.
During the June 3rd hearing, Congressman Schock questioned the witnesses from the targeted organizations about the size of their operational budgets, which ranged from running a deficit, because of the legal costs to defend against IRS questioning, to a couple thousand a year. He did so because its worth comparing these small dollar groups to Organizing for Action, the organization who has raised millions of dollars and whose mission statement identifies them as a non-profit to support President Obama in achieving enactment of his national agenda.
The Ways and Means committee held its third hearing on June 27. The hearing focused on the status of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) review of taxpayer targeting practices. The sole witness testifying before the committee was IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel. During the hearing, Schock pressed Commissioner Werfel for answers as to how the President’s recent solicitation of funds for his campaign arm, Organizing for Action (OFA), only hours after his “Climate Change” speech would be classified under a new self certification process the IRS intends to implement for certain 501(c) applicants. Schock specifically cited how the email run through OFA specifically encourages volunteers to take action by “calling out” only Republican Members of Congress who OFA consider “climate change deniers.”
The Thomas More Society offered over 150 pages of analysis and evidence to the House Ways and Means Committee about repeated IRS harassment of pro-life organizations. At the request of Congressman Aaron Schock, Thomas More Society President Thomas Brejcha, Executive Director Peter Breen, and Special Counsel Sally Wagenmaker, prepared the legal memorandum with solid evidence of IRS harassment of pro-life organizations dating back to 2009. Click here to read more.
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August 1: IRS Harassment of Pro-Life Groups Continues Despite Claims to Contrary, Thomas More Society Reveals Ongoing IRS Misbehavior and Religious Liberty Violations
June 27: Congressman Schock participated in the House Ways and Means hearing on the status of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) review of taxpayer targeting practices. The sole witness testifying before the committee was IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel.
June 25: Congressman Schock issued a statement regarding the IRS's release of their 30-day review.
June 7th: E-newsletter titled "Schock Critical of IRS During the Hearing with Targeted Organizations"
June 4th: Congressman Schock participated in the second House Ways and Means full committee hearing into the ongoing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal. The hearing today featured organizations who were targeted by the IRS based on their personal beliefs.
May 20th: Schock’s Persistence about IRS Interactions with Pro-Life Organizations Raises New Questions.
May 17th: Congressman Schock participated in the first congressional hearing into the ongoing IRS scandal in which conservative leaning organizations were targeted for extra scrutiny for years.
May 15th: E-newsletter titled "IRS Owes Us Answers."
May 15th: Congressman Schock issued a statement after President Obama announced that the acting IRS Commissioner, Steven Miller, had resigned in the wake of the ongoing IRS scandal in which conservative leaning organizations were targeted for extra scrutiny for years.
May 14th: Congressman Schock issued a statement on the initial developments that the IRS had targeted conservative leaning organizations for extra scrutiny.
Supplemental Information about the IRS Scandal
Boustany Requests GAO Assess IRS Tax-Exempt Audits
In a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) asked that GAO assess how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examines tax-exempt organizations.
Camp, Boustany Demand IRS Cease Practice of Targeting
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) called on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel to immediately cease the IRS’s apparent continued practice of targeting Tea Party applications based on name alone.
Camp, Boustany Question IRS, FEC Communication
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Principal Deputy Commissioner Daniel Werfel seeking the agency’s immediate attention and assistance in uncovering the details behind e-mail exchanges between IRS employee Lois Lerner and an attorney employed in the General Counsel’s office at the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
Camp, Boustany: IRS Requesting Information on Prayers Disturbing
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA) urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to take swift action to address potential risks to taxpayers’ religious liberties.
New Analysis Confirms Conservative Groups Faced More Questions, Denials and Delays than Progressive Groups
A review of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents by the Ways and Means Committee reveals that conservative groups (groups whose name includes the phrases “conservative,” “Tea Party,“ “Patriot,” or “9/12”) received much higher scrutiny than groups containing the phrase “progressive.”
Hearing on the Status of Internal Revenue Service's Review of Taxpayer Targeting Practices
The hearing focused on the status of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) review of taxpayer targeting practices. The sole witness testifying before the committee was IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel.
IG and Committee Investigation Confirm Progressive Groups Were Not Targeted Like Tea Party Groups
A new letter from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) provides the following facts showing “progressive” groups did not face the same targeting by the IRS that tea party groups did.
Being on a BOLO is Different than Being Targeted and Abused by the IRS
It is one thing to flag a group, it is quite another to repeatedly target and abuse conservative groups. Tea Party groups were not just on a BOLO they were (1) sent intrusive and inappropriate questions, (2) had their donors threatened with gift taxes and (3) had their confidential information leaked. The Committee has welcomed all groups, regardless of affiliation, that feel they may have been targeted for extra scrutiny to come forward.
Report: IRS 30-Day Review
On Monday, June 24th, the IRS released its 30-day review into the targeting of conservative leaning organizations. The report is titled "Initial Assessment and Plan of Action."
The IRS Political Discrimination Investigation - Share Your Story
As the Ways and Means committee continues to pursue this investigation, this website allows those affected by the IRS scandal to share their story. Your story is critical to moving the
investigation forward. Taking a few minutes to fill out the form below and share your story will allow the Committee to identify key facts and take action to deal with the failures of the IRS. Working together, we will get to the bottom of this, and ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
No rise in applications triggered IRS actions
One of the lines of defense in the current Internal Revenue Service controversy is that the agency stumbled under a heavy workload of applications from groups seeking tax-exempt status.
An IRS Political Timeline
President Obama spent months in 2010 warning Americans about the 'threat' to democracy posed by conservative groups, right at the time the IRS began targeting these groups.
Ways and Means Hearing with Organizations Targeted by Internal Revenue Service for Their Personal Beliefs
The hearing focused on organizations that were targeted as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of discriminating against applicants for tax-exempt status based on their personal beliefs.
Ways and Means Hearing on Internal Revenue Service Targeting Conservative Groups
The hearing focused on the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of discriminating against applicants for tax-exempt status based on the political leanings of the applicants.
Fact Check: Uptick Came After Targeting Began
Throughout the investigation into the IRS targeting conservative groups, many misleading statements have been made asserting that the uptick of 501 (c)(4) applications caused the targeting, which began in March 2010.
A bushel of Pinocchios for IRS’s Lois Lerner
In some ways, this is just scratching the surface of Lerner’s misstatements and weasely wording when the revelations about the IRS’s activities first came to light on May 10. But, taken together, it’s certainly enough to earn her four Pinocchios.
Timeline of Communications Between Ways and Means Committee and IRS
Since May it has come to light that information provided in written documentation and witness testimony by IRS officials over the last couple of years does not match the facts of how the IRS targeting scandal as evolved.