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September 19, 2016

NEW CAMPAIGN: Impeach the IRS Commissioner

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The House Judiciary Committee starts hearings Wednesday to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. We’ve started a new campaign to support this impeachment.

We’ve also signed a detailed letter to the Committee explaining an extra reason why impeachment is justified. Basically, California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has also been targeting grassroots organizations with her own illegal regulation scheme. We covered her ploys in our April 29 Action Item. But the IRS Commissioner has done nothing — not even investigate her violations of federal law.

We explain all of the reasons for impeachment in the following sample letter. You can copy or edit for your personal comments to Congress.

Impeachment is justified because…

The IRS was abused by Lois Lerner to attack political opponents of the Obama administration. President Obama appointed Koskinen to clean up the mess, but nothing has happened.

A Government Accountability Office report shows that no procedures have been established to prevent IRS targeting of political groups. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-514

A federal court ruled in August 2016 that the IRS cannot demonstrate that the targeting has stopped. http://washex.am/2cjRKZ0

Even worse, an IRS employee has deleted 24,000 emails related to the investigation of IRS abuse, in the face of two Congressional subpoenas and three preservation orders. http://bit.ly/2cjRMjw

In addition, Koskinen has done nothing to rein-in California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Ms. Harris is illegally requiring non-profit organizations to provide her with with their 990 schedule B tax returns. These tax returns contain sensitive donor information that the IRS is supposed to protect from public exposure. Ms. Harris is violating federal law. Yet Commissioner Koskinen has done nothing about this. http://bit.ly/2cjSrBB

It’s always difficult to discipline federal officials. Impeachment is one of the few tools available to foster accountability. This tool should be used against IRS Commissioner Koskinen. I will be watching what you do in this matter.

–END OF SAMPLE LETTER–

Thank you for being an ACTIVE DC Downsizer,

Jim Babka & Perry Willis

Downsize DC

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