AFP: Obama Connected to IRS Harassment
Arlington, VA – The White House has tried to distance itself from the growing IRS scandal, but there is a clear pattern emerging that connects undue scrutiny from the IRS with President Obama’s own rhetoric. It’s now clear that at the same time President Obama was attacking Americans for Prosperity (AFP) by name, the IRS was harassing tea party groups and asking them about their association with AFP.
Tim Phillips, president of AFP said, “The connection between Obama’s rhetoric and IRS action seems more than coincidental. It points to a clear agenda to silence those who oppose Obama’s big-government policies like Obamacare, Cap & Trade, and the failed Stimulus. Today Obama acknowledged the abuse taking place under his watch, but he needs to apologize to the American people who were targeted, take direct responsibility, and demand a full investigation.”
Throughout the Summer of 2010, President Obama singled out Americans for Prosperity numerous times – calling out the organization by name in over a dozen speeches, asking questions about motives, structure, and donors.
- “There are groups with harmless sounding names, like Americans for Prosperity…” – President Obama, August 2010
- Video Compilation: Obama attacks Americans for Prosperity by name over and over in the Summer of 2010. WATCH HERE
IRS GRILLS TEA PARTY ABOUT ASSOCIATION WITH AFP
- Some tea party groups have been questioned by the IRS about any association with AFP (see page 2, question 6)
New reports make it clear that the IRS began targeting limited government groups for extra scrutiny in the Spring of 2010
- ABC News: the IRS began targeting “Tea Party or similar organizations” in March 2010.