The Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity says it was unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service's effort to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups.
Although the group was never questioned specifically by IRS agents about its activities, other conservative organizations received letters asking about their connections to AFP in 2010, Politico reported Tuesday
Tim Phillips, president of AFP, blames President Barrack Obama, saying in a statement that his mention of the group during a fundraising speech prompted the agency to make inquiries.
"Right now all around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates all across the country," Obama said at an August 2010 fundraiser, Politico reported.
"And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are."
Phillips said the remark led him to conclude that "the connection between Obama’s rhetoric and IRS action seems more than coincidental."
"It points to a clear agenda to silence those who oppose Obama’s big-government policies like Obamacare, cap and trade, and the failed stimulus," he said.
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