Republican strategist Karl Rove tells Newsmax TV that his American Crossroads super PAC has been targeted for extra scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service.
“We filed for a 501(c)(4) status — and three years later, that process has not ended for us,” Rove tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview.
He said the group’s application may well be suspended by now, since it was among nine conservative organizations whose information was leaked to ProPublica, the liberal investigative website.
The groups’ applications had not yet been approved for nonprofit status. Releasing information on unapproved applicants is against IRS rules.
“This violated the law, and shortly thereafter we were told by the IRS that an investigation into the leaking of these documents was underway and that put our application into suspension for a while.”
He adds that, “we, frankly, aren't surprised,” since Obama made a “thinly-veiled reference” to conservative groups like Crossroads in a 2010 speech as “a threat to democracy."
“We’re not surprised that the IRS was doing something about it,” Rove says.
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