U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) is asking Ohio nonprofit organizations who had their tax-exemption applications held up by the Internal Revenue to send him examples to use in a hearing set for next week.
Here's Portman's letter:
May 17, 2013
To all affected Ohio 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations:
I am deeply troubled by the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) abusive targeting of dozens of grassroots organizations for no cause other than their conservative political leanings. Chief Justice John Marshall once wrote that the power to tax is the power to destroy. It is shocking that this power was used to burden our Constitutional right of free speech.
It was because of concerns I heard from many of you in Ohio that I first got involved in this issue back in March 2012 by leading the first Senate letter to the IRS. Since then, the Administration has failed to be forthcoming and truthful with Congress.
Next week, at a Senate Finance Committee investigative hearing, I will have an important opportunity to hold the IRS accountable for its unprecedented and damaging actions. To ensure this inquiry is thorough and exhaustive, we need your input. If you believe your organization has been unfairly targeted by the IRS, I would encourage you to send evidence of that targeting to my office via email to Constituent_Feedback@portman.senate.gov, and I will then submit it to the Finance Committee. Please be sure not to include confidential data about your organization; instead, your submissions should consist only of a cover letter with your story and copies of any inquiries from the IRS that you believe were abusive or politically motivated.
In the coming days and weeks, I will continue to demand answers from the Administration on how these abuses occurred – unreported and unpunished – for over two years. With your help, we will hold those who violated the public trust accountable.