Last night, by a vote of 231-187, Lois Lerner was held in contempt of congress for failing to cooperate with an investigation into alleged illegal targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. Democratic Cartwright voted against this measure making clear that he and House Democrats support using the IRS as a bludgeon to pursue groups based on their political beliefs.
- The IRS targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny. This is a fact, which is why the IRS issued an apology to these groups for their unwarranted targeting.
- The IRS spied on dozens of groups, monitoring their activities, websites, and public statements. Of these groups designated for surveillance, 83% were right-leaning. Further, 100% of the groups selected for audit from within this group were right-leaning groups.
- The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted an audit of how the IRS was operating when dealing with these conservative groups and found that they were using inappropriate criteria to target conservative groups.
- The IRS violated their own rules and demanded donor lists and volunteer lists from conservative groups. The IRS then leaked these private lists to political allies and, it was recently revealed that of the donors provided to the IRS, ten times as many donors to conservative groups were audited by the IRS than the number of average Americans audited.