Sen. Durbin Defends Asking IRS to Target Conservative Group

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On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) defended his 2010 request to the IRS that the agency single out a conservative non-profit, Crossroads GPS, even as he claimed he opposed IRS discrimination against conservatives. “Citizens United really unleashed hundreds, if not thousands of organizations, seeking tax-exempt status to play in political campaigns,” Durbin complained. When asked why he didn’t go after liberal as well as conservative organizations, Durbin said that an IRS investigation into Crossroads GPS would have served as a warning shot for other organizations.

He added, “There is no basis for targeting within the IRS. What we basically need to say is all groups need to have the law applied to them equally.”



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