After spearheading an independent super PAC that was key to taking out three incumbent U.S. House members of both parties in primaries last year, Houston construction magnate Leo Linbeck, III now has a new endeavor to end the Internal Revenue Service.
On Monday, a television spot crafted by Linbeck will begin airing nationwide at a time when congressional investigations into the IRS are revealing widespread abuse by the IRS.
The ad declares: "The IRS is out of control! Targeting law abiding citizens. Playing politics. Losing their receipts for lavish spending."
The viewers are then urged to call a toll-free number and sign an on-line petition, encouraging them, "Let's End the IRS."
The ad is sponsored by Americans for Fair Taxation, a group founded by Leo's father, Leo Linbeck Jr, who died last month. The elder Linbeck was widely praised by supporters of the national sales tax as the father of their cause, which they call the "fair tax."
In 2012, the younger Linbeck's Campaign for Public Accountability spent roughly $1.5 million on "informational advertisements" in House primaries of both parties in which veteran incumbents were being challenged for re-nomination.
Among those targeted by the CPA that lost re-election bids were Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio and Democratic Reps. Tim Holden of Pennsylvania and Silvestre Reyes of Texas.
The super PAC also played a key role in the primary defeat of 10-term Rep. Don Manzullo by freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger when the two Illinois Republicans competed in the same district.
Looking ahead to the role the super PAC will play in 2014, Linbeck spokesman Curtis Ellis told Newsmax, "It is fair to say that a candidate's position on the IRS will be a factor the Campaign for Primary Accountability considers in deciding whether or not we engage in a race in 2014."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax
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