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Texas senator John Cornyn has released this video, titled "A Culture of Intimidation," about the IRS's targeting of conservatives in his home state and across the nation:
"The video shows Texans who have been unfairly targeted by the IRS for exercising their Constitutional rights to express their political beliefs. We also launched a new micro-site, 'IRS Targeting Texans,' highlighting the stories of groups being targeted, and inviting Texans to share their stories," says a spokesman from Cornyn's office.
Back in 2011 and 2012, my office was contacted by Texans who were concerned that they were being targeted by the federal government simply for exercising their constitutional right to free speech. At the time, these folks were being subjected to inquiries from the IRS that seemed excessive, unreasonable, and improper. Many around Washington and across the country unfairly dismissed these folks as subscribing to wild conspiracy theories.
Well, we found out the Texans who were targeted were right and the IRS was wrong. These abuses are not simply inappropriate, they're a breach of faith and potentially violations of criminal law.
Below are some of the stories Texans shared with me over the last two years that prompted three separate letters to the Administration, all of which were ignored or dismissed.
If you have been targeted by the IRS, I invite you to share your story here. Let’s make it clear that Texans will not stand for the kind of behavior typically associated with corrupt tin-pot dictators - not with the greatest democracy in the world.