Fla. congressman to press IRS for answers over targeting tea party groups
By Keith Landry, Reporter -
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Congress will hold hearings after revelations that agents at the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups.
The Central Florida tea party believes the IRS was heavy handed with them last year when they applied for tax exempt status. The group met on Monday evening with Republican Congressman Daniel Webster in Winter Garden. They gave Webster letters the IRS sent to them last year.
The local tea party group says the IRS sent them a letter in July of 2012 asking some questions that focus more on the members than the group's finances. Congressman Webster has questions for the IRS now.
"I want to find out who sent those letters, who drafted those letters so whoever signed them, I'm calling them to see what they have to say," he told FOX 35.
The local tea party ended up dropping its application for tax exempt status.
FOX 35 requested comment from the IRS in Washington, but we have not heard back from them.
President Barack Obama on Monday denounced as "outrageous" the targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS.
Seeking to keep another controversy from spinning out of control, the president rebuked the IRS for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles such as "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. Those responsible, Obama said, must be held "fully accountable."
"I've got no patience with it," he added. "I will not tolerate it and we will find out exactly what happened."
The president said he first learned of the matter Friday when it was reported by news organizations.