Who’s testifying at the next hearing on IRS targeting scandal?

June 3, 2013

Congress isn't letting up on the Internal Revenue Service with the House Ways and Means Committee scheduled to hear Tuesday from representatives of six conservative or tea party-affiliated groups that say they were unfairly targeted while seeking tax-exempt status.


(AP)

The six witnesses were invited by the panel's Republicans, while Democrats on the committee declined to invite a witness.

Democrats declined to invite witnesses, "because this is not a Democratic or Republican issue, as Committee Democrats made clear in setting up on a bipartisan basis the hearing on the IG report and in Ranking Member Levin’s immediate call for Steven Miller and Lois Lerner to be replaced," said their spokesman, Josh Drobnyk. "The Democrats look forward to hearing from the witnesses appearing before the Committee on Tuesday and gaining clearer insight into the IRS’ processing of tax-exemption applications."

The committee released the following witness names and the organizations they represent on Monday:

1. John Eastman, Chairman, National Organization for Marriage

2. Diane Belsom, Laurens County, S.C. Tea Party

3. Becky Gerritson, Wetumpka, Ala. Tea Party

4. Karen Kenny, San Fernando Valley, Calif. Patriots

5. Kevin Kookogey, founder and president, Linchpins of Liberty

6. Sue Martinek, Coalition for Life of Iowa

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

This item has been updated to include more information from the committee's Democrats.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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