Whitfield issues statement regarding IRS admission of harassment


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Another of Kentucky's congressional delegation members is chiming in about the IRS' recent acknowledgement that they targeted conservative groups during last year's national election.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, released the following statement Friday:

"The fact that the IRS would target groups based solely on their political persuasions is a shameful abuse of government resources.  I join Senator McConnell's call for a government-wide investigation to ensure that no other agencies under the authority of the Executive Branch are abusing taxpayer dollars by engaging in the political witch hunts like the ones we have seen from the IRS."

The IRS apologized earlier in the day for targeting groups because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status. The agency, which was led by a Bush appointee at the time, blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.
Senate Mitch McConnell called on the White House to investigate. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the matter is already under investigation by an inspector general.