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RNC Sends FOIA Request To IRS

Today the Republican National Committee sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request letter to the Internal Revenue Service in an effort to provide the American people with the facts related to the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups and donors—information that the Obama administration still has not adequately addressed.

“As each day passes, Americans find ourselves with more questions about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups and donors—and what the White House and Treasury Department knew and when,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “Because the administration refuses to be forthright with the American people, I instructed the RNC counsel’s office to file a FOIA request with the IRS to make the facts available for the public.

“With Lois Lerner, the head of the tax exempt organizations division of the IRS, planning to plead the Fifth before Congress for fear of self-incrimination, there’s clearly something serious the American people are not being told.

“The Obama administration may not be eager to address the important questions, but Americans deserve answers. What other words were used to target organizations? Were taxpayers audited as a result of their political donations? How involved were employees at IRS headquarters, and how much did White House and Treasury officials communicate with the IRS?

“When the liberal group ProPublica filed a FOIA request with the IRS in November for information on conservative groups, the IRS released that confidential information to them within thirteen days. We hope the IRS will handle our request for information with the same expediency.”

The full text of the RNC counsel’s letter is available here.