McConnell on IRS: Apology not enough

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is calling for a "government-wide review" in the wake of the admission from the IRS that tea party political groups were inappropriately selected for special scrutiny in the 2012 campaign.

Mitch McConnell (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)
Mitch McConnell (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

An apology, he said in a statement, "is not enough." 

"Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views," McConnell said.

He notes that he (and other senators) raised this issue in February, 2012. He mentioned the tea party allegations in a speech last June opposing the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would require independent groups to disclose the names of contributors who give more than $10,000 for use in political campaigns.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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