|For Immediate Release
May 14, 2013
Contact: Press Office
The One Time Maloney Doesn’t Follow Nancy Pelosi’s Lead…
Sean Patrick Maloney Refuses to Join Pelosi and Others In Condemning IRS Scandal
WASHINGTON – Sean Patrick Maloney is often a rubberstamp for Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi—a reliable vote for higher taxes and more spending. However, unlike Pelosi, he has remained silent on the growing scandal involving the IRS unfairly targeting conservative groups.
For once, Maloney could actually do the right thing and follow Pelosi’s lead. Silence is simply not an option. This scandal has brought widespread criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. It’s time for Maloney to speak out on this outrageous abuse of power.
“When you’re to the left of Nancy Pelosi, you know you’re in trouble,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Sean Patrick Maloney should follow Pelosi’s lead and strongly condemn the inappropriate actions of the IRS. This behavior by a government agency undermines the principles our country was founded on. Maloney’s silence is shameful.”
House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi Condemned The IRS Scandal Yesterday. “ House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups in a statement Monday, and also used the opportunity to push for campaign finance reform. ‘There needs to be more clarity in the law regarding the activities of tax exempt organizations along with greater disclosure and transparency,’ Pelosi said in the statement Monday.” (Tarini Parti, “ Nancy Pelosi uses IRS mess to call for campaign finance reform,” Politico, 5/13/13)
On Friday, The IRS Apologized For Inappropriately Targeting Tea Party Groups For Investigations. “ The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.” (“IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups Earlier Than 2012,” Associated Press, 5/13/13)
Yesterday, The Associated Press Reported That Senior IRS Officials Knew Of The Targeting In 2011. “Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.” (“IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups Earlier Than 2012,” Associated Press, 5/13/13)
Democrat And Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich Said The Actions Of The IRS Were “Not Tolerable.” “Even former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, a liberal stalwart, slammed the practice on Fox, saying it will ‘only further induce the already poisonous dysfunction in Washington.’ This is not tolerable – we cannot have a condition in America where people’s politics are the basis for IRS attacks,” he said. “We are in a hyper-partisan, intensely partisan condition in Washington, the polarization is damaging to our country. And we’re seeing another symptom of it here.” (Jake Miller, “Lawmakers Decry “Outrageous” IRS Conduct As Targeting Scandal Deepens,” CBS News, 5/12/13)
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