Rokita fundraising off IRS controversy

2013-05-21T17:45:00Z 2013-10-20T18:25:12Z Rokita fundraising off IRS controversyBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis, is using the controversy over an Internal Revenue Service investigation into the tax-exempt status of some Tea Party groups to raise money for his 2014 re-election campaign.

The Munster native, whose district includes Newton and Jasper counties, asked supporters this week to donate up to $125 to expose the "culture of intimidation" among liberals "and push back when they try to implement their socialist policies through government regulations."

"We know that this outrageous, blatant political attack on our freedoms was not some bureaucratic mistake," Rokita said. "We know that this is a symptom of big government, ever expanding and swallowing our money and freedom as it grows."

Rokita added that he believes Democratic President Barack Obama and his administration have "no respect for our political process, for the office of president, or for our Constitution."

He vowed to join other conservatives to "challenge the White House at every step" over the next 30 days.

The IRS insists its in-depth review of Tea Party groups beginning in 2010 was needed to determine whether the groups were engaging in political activity, which would make the groups ineligible for tax-exempt status.

The White House has said the president didn't learn of the extra scrutiny until an Inspector General's report on IRS actions was released earlier this month.

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