witch hunt? I think not....
Like I said, a GOP witch hunt. Their claim is that because the "IRS and Cummings' staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, they "obviously " were coordinating and improperly sharing confidential taxpayer information."
When a Congressional committee, in this case the House Oversight Committee chaired by Elijah Cummings, contacts the IRS for "publicly available" (notice how your source conveniently left out that little tidbit) information on a tax exempt group, the IRS has an obligation to research it and get back to them. That is what they did.
Here is an e-mails that the GOP is using in their witch hunt:
From: Barre, Catherine M
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 02:58 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Lerner Lois G; Paz Holly 0; Marks Nancy J
Subject: House Oversight Committee Minority Staff
The house oversight committee (not the subcommittee of ways and means) has requested any PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION on an entity that they believe has filed for c3 status.
They do not have a waiver.
The entity is KSP True the Vote EIN .
They believe the entity has filed tax returns in the past and would like copies of those if they are publicly available in addition to any other information that is publicly available about the entity's tax-exempt status."
At no time in any e-mail is there any indication that the IRS shared any information with Cummings that was not publicly available. Your source is very careful in their wording... "Neither Cummings nor the IRS shared these requested documents with the Oversight Majority." Hard for Cummings to share something he never received.