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Asked about IRS Targeting Conservatives, Mich. Dem Slams Koch Brothers, Karl Rove

By Matt Vespa | April 15, 2014 | 5:04pm EDT

Last Sunday, when asked about the IRS targeting scandal by Fox News' Chris Wallace Rep. Sander Levin (D-Michigan), ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, engaged in classic prevarication.

Wallace noted that the IRS evaluated 100 percent of conservative-named groups, while only looking ay 30 percent of liberal/progressive ones.  Wallace appropriately asked about the disparity, which led to Levin invoking the evil Koch Brothers over the scandal.

Levin's first non-answer to Wallace's question had something to do with confidentiality:

 

First of all, the inspector general left out the information in this report that there were liberal groups. But let me try to explain what's happening here. You know, the document that we were given to look over, it said this on the top. The following document contains confidential tax reform information and is being provided to you for review. Any subsequent unauthorized disclosure of this content is prohibited by law and is punishable by fine or imprisonment, so what happens is the chairman gives us the material. We can look at it for one day. Take no notes, and then we go into executive session and we violate the confidentiality of the taxpayers.

Then, came Levin's Kochtopia reference here:

LEVIN: More tea party groups and conservative groups applied for 501 (c)(4) status than other groups. In 2006, of the 501 (c)(4) organizations, only $1 million was spent on election campaign stuff. In 2012, $256 million dollars and two of the organizations were Koch brother organizations and a third was Karl Rove.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has consistently slammed the Koch brothers for exercising their constitutional rights.

(H/T Washington Free Beacon)

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