Wenstrup asks for input in IRS scandal

G. Sam Piatt

May 18, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

With the Internal Revenue Service scandal centered around Cincinnati, U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH2) is calling on residents of that district to come forward with any information they may have concerning reports the IRS targeted conservative and patriotic groups for scrutiny.

Friday, as the House Ways and Means Committee began oversight hearings to investigate political targeting at the IRS, Wenstrup called for any relevant and related information from constituents of the 2nd District. Wenstrup’s office is actively collecting any and all information directly related to IRS misconduct from constituents.

“Nobody is above the law, and everybody must be equal under the law. I find it unconscionable that the IRS was targeting Ohioans for their political persuasions. IRS practices led to one constituent being singled out by name in agent questions to unrelated 501(c)(4) applicants. It is a chilling reality that IRS agents were targeting private citizens to suppress and delay the unrestrained exercise of free speech,” Wenstrup said.

According to reports, southwestern Ohio has been ground zero for many of the allegations that have come forward in recent days. IRS documents reportedly reveal that the agency specifically asked 501(c)(4) applicant groups about their relationship with Mr. Justin Binik-Thomas, a 2nd District constituent. The House Ways and Means Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are conducting investigations of the IRS’s conduct regarding 501(c)(4) groups.

“I call on any of my constituents who have information that may help the House investigation, whether as an IRS employee in Cincinnati or a 501(c)(4) applicant, to submit details to my office so that I can get it in the hands of the House investigators. It is incredibly important that the Congress has complete and accurate information about what happened, who was involved, and how far up the chain of responsibility this goes,” continued Wenstrup.

Wenstrup said he is encouraging constituents to submit information they may have at his website if they are, an IRS employee and a resident of the Second District of Ohio who wishes to share specific information about the political targeting that has taken place or, a resident of the Second District of Ohio who has specific information about a 501(c)(4) group that was targeted by the IRS for political reasons. Wenstrup said he will provide information directly to the investigating committees for their review and potential follow-up.

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