Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Responds to IRS Targeting of Conservative and Pro-Israel Groups

May 15, 2013
Press Release

May 15, 2013 

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) issued the following statement in response to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) admission that it has been targeting conservative groups:

“On Friday, the IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups in their reviews of applications for tax-exempt status. Four days later we’re now learning that they might have targeted pro-Israel groups as well. We also know that IRS officials in Washington and multiple other offices were involved, so this problem wasn’t an issue unique to their Cincinnati office.

“The actions of the IRS are frightening, because there are few things more daunting than a tax audit. The IRS, like any government agency, should investigate based on evidence and facts and not engage in political targeting. Targeting groups for their ideological and religious views contradicts our American ideals and, if it continues, will destroy the trust between the people and their government.

“We need to hold the agency accountable and conduct a full examination into how this abuse of power took place. My colleagues in the House have already started what I believe will be a thorough investigation of this politically-motivated injustice. We need to get to the bottom of this and make sure it never happens again.”