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Washington, DC- Following new discoveries of the IRS's targeting of small-government groups applying for tax-exempt status, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe released the following statement:
“This is not a political issue, this is a First Amendment issue. Mom and Pop citizen groups critical of the federal government and/or engaged in educating their fellow citizens on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were specifically targeted by IRS agents. This ominous stifling of free speech can never happen again in America, and there needs to be a full accounting of who knew what, when did they know it, and who is responsible. The IRS used its power to discourage and intimidate Americans from speaking out against bad policies, stifling the First Amendment right of every citizen to hold government accountable. This is the stuff of Third World Juntas, not the greatest Constitutional Republic in human history. This abuse of power and 'unequal treatment under the law' raises fundamental questions about the sanctity of the civil rights of American citizens. Is this a government ‘By The People,’ or a government of political elites specially granted the monopoly power of government? Justice demands that we get clear answers from the Obama Administration.”
FreedomWorks is a grassroots service center to a community of over 4 million activists who believe in individual liberty and constitutionally-limited government. For more information on FreedomWorks' position on the IRS discrimination scandal, visit www.FreedomWorks.org or contact Jackie Bodnar at JBodnar@FreedomWorks.org.