CHICAGO – Senate Majority Whip Richard J. “Dick” Durbin (D) repeatedly lobbied the IRS to probe conservative groups, according to a complaint filed with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP).
According to White House correspondent Fred Lucas, Durbin violated the post-Watergate laws prohibiting the White House from using the IRS for political reasons. Now, powerful members of the U.S. Senate also are violating these laws.
“Durbin and his left-wing buddies in the Senate, Charles Shumer (D-NY) and Carl Levin (D-MI), interfered with executive branch agency proceeding, misused official resources for campaign purposes, gave at least the appearance of impropriety, and engaged in conduct that might reflect poorly on the Senate,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).
Lucas states that “In the closing weeks of the 2010 midterm election, Durbin wrote then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman complaining that ‘one organization whose activities appear to be inconsistent with its tax status is Crossroads GPS,’ the conservative organization affiliated with former Bush White House advisor Karl Rove.”
“Durbin’s actions may have triggered audits of conservative 501(c)(4) groups,” said Tobin. “The IRS sent letters to donors of these groups informing them that their contributions may be subject to gift taxes depending on whether the donations exceeded limits under the tax laws.”
“Sen. Dick Durbin has been in power so long he thinks he has the power of a banana-republic tyrant,” said Tobin. “It’s time Illinois voters wash their hands of this lout. It’s time for Durbin to be sent packing.”