Emails sought in probe on alleged IRS targeting of conservative groups

Reps. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-La.) recently requested copies of emails exchanged between former IRS official Lois Lerner and a non-profit group that targets the political influence of big money.

Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Boustany, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, continue to investigate the IRS’s alleged targeting of non-profit groups that engage in political activities, according to a press release.

The legislators requested emails exchanged between Lerner and the advocacy group Democracy 21 because the IRS said approximately two years of emails that were sent and received by Lerner were destroyed in a computer crash.

“Our investigation has found close coordination between Democracy 21 and Lerner,” Camp and Boustany said. “Lerner knew no limits – when she received a complaint about a conservative group she took direct and immediate action. Since the IRS has destroyed over two years of Lerner e-mails, these documents are central to determining the full extent of the IRS’s targeting of conservatives. We expect Democracy 21 will fully cooperate with the committee so we can get all the facts.”

Democracy 21 reportedly filed complaints with the IRS about the activities of both conservative and liberal non-profit groups in 2010. Lerner’s email traffic shows that she took action against only conservative groups, according to the committee’s investigation.