Our View: Bennet’s IRS Pickle

May 16, 2013
Bennet signed a letter last year asking the IRS to investigate tax exempt groups

Bennet signed a letter last year asking the IRS to investigate tax exempt groups

After reportedly making a deal with Majority Leader Harry Reid to head up the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) in exchange for a seat on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Colorado Senator Michael Bennet may soon find himself wishing for a mulligan.

That’s because the Senate Finance Committee, the committee of reference on all things related to the Internal Revenue Service, will likely soon begin holding hearings to determine why exactly the Obama Administration has been channeling Richard Nixon to harass non-profit conservative organizations.

Under normal circumstances, a junior senator from Colorado shouldn’t have any qualms about asking hard, probing questions of administration officials when scandals break.  But Bennet co-authored a letter with his chums Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) over a year ago telling the IRS to do exactly what they have been doing to conservative 501(c)(4) organizations.

No matter how hard the administration and their gaggle of apologists in the Congress try to press the narrative that using the IRS to exact political pain was an isolated incident carried out by rogue IRS employees (does such a thing exist?), we expect Senator Bennet is about to find himself in a tricky position as the scandal continues to develop.

Here in Colorado, Bennet is tasked with executing his winning election strategy to get his senior Senator, Mark Udall, re-elected to the Senate in 2014.

While (Mark) Udall was smart enough to keep his name off of the aforementioned letter to the IRS last year, he is counting on Bennet to raise a truckload of money for him between now and next November.

We suspect Mr. Bennet’s effort to enlist the IRS as a political ally last year won’t help that effort.

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10 Responses to Our View: Bennet’s IRS Pickle

  1. wrongheifer
    May 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Garbage OUT! all of the democrats! Garbage OUT!

  2. ljohn
    May 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    This investigation needs to continue and in greater detail.
    The monetary power of the IRS will become a Life and Death issue as they bbegin to control our health.

  3. Jeffrey B.
    May 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Bennet , you are embarrassing us all with your sleazy tactics, yes, most definitely I will vote you out in 2014 as well as almost all of us will! God bless the Coloradoans!

  4. June 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Honorable Bill Bennet:
    you blew your chance to be a hero and get yourself on the presidential-candidate long list when you held the critical vote in your hand in the 1lth hour before the
    Affordable (ha!ha!) Health Care Bill and voted against your principles, the GOP, the state of Colorado, and the US, to pass that ignominious piece of poison. Now we find you being accused of asking IRS to pick on your opponents. Not fair, sir, and you know it. Shame on you.

  5. Ronald Murphy
    June 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    We all need to get on the FAIR TAX or FLAT TAX band wagon because the present tax system is beyond fixing.

  6. Bill Light
    June 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    find most of this posturing by Senate and Congress
    disingenuous as they are far more concerned with partisan politics than representing their constituents with issues. As far as whether it is Dems or GOP I don’t think the public stands a chance to get the real facts. We are continuously hoodwinked by politicians and media. Vote Libertarian and get the fat cats out of power, gain the flat tax, disenfranchise the IRS and pull government back to the centralized position it deserves. Our economy begs for relief from the present blank check processes our country is running on.


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