Ethics Complaint Filed Against 9 Senators Who Tried to Weaponize the IRS
An ethics complaint has been filed against 9 U.S. Senators, accusing them of improperly trying to use the IRS as a weapon against ideological opponents.
Nine Democratic U.S. senators have been breaking the law by improperly interfering with the IRS, since the Supreme Court ruled on the Citizens United case in 2010, according to an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal.
Bradley Smith and David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics, a First Amendment rights political organization, write that Democrats are working to stifle the free speech of conservative groups.
Their organization this week filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics asking for an investigation into nine senators it says attempted “to use the IRS to advance a partisan, electoral agenda.”
The senators named in the complaint are Charles Schumer of New York, Carl Levin of Michigan, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Al Franken of Minnesota, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and New Mexico’s Tom Udall.
After the 2010 Citizens United decision — which found that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political spending by corporations, associations, or labor unions — “Democrats adopted a campaign strategy of attempting to squelch the speech of conservative groups,” Smith and Keating wrote.
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