Congressman Jim McDermott, a Democrat, said that the groups targeted by the IRS had it coming since they filed paperwork seeking a special tax status with the federal government:

"I'd like to remind everyone what we're talking about here," McDermott said at today's IRS hearing. "None of your organizations were kept from organizing or silenced. We're talking about whether or not the American taxpayers will subsidize your work. We're talking about a tax break. If you didn't come in and ask for this tax break, you would've never had a question asked of you. You could go out there and say anything you want in the world."

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