Then there was GOP Senator Susan Collins who was outraged, outraged, by the IRS targeting conservative groups:
Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, yesterday called for a more aggressive response from the administration, calling on Obama to personally condemn the IRS action.
“This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government,” Collins said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
She termed it “absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review. And I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out.”
But ten years ago, she and Joe asked the IRS to target the NAACP. Here’s the article mentioning the letter from Sen. Collins and former Rep. Scarborough to the IRS, asking them to target the NAACP titled, “IRS audit of NAACP was asked“:
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s chief fundraiser asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the NAACP’s tax-exempt status shortly after the 2000 presidential campaign, questioning whether the civil rights organization had inappropriately sought to influence the election. [...]
The other lawmakers included: Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Sen. Susan M. Collins of Maine, Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, Rep. Jo Ann Davis of Virginia, Rep. Larry Combest of Texas and Rep. Joe Scarborough of Florida, now an MSNBC personality. Like Ehrlich, all are Republicans.
Did I mention that the IRS audited Greenpeace at the request of an ExxonMobil-funded group?
As I type this, Rev. Al Sharpton is reporting on this very thing. Good.