Activist: Cummings' Questions 'Eerily Similar' to IRS Probe

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 12:12 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Conservative activist Catherine Engelbrecht said the questions Maryland Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings asked her during a hearing in February sounded "eerily similar" to what the Internal Revenue Service asked her after her organization applied for nonprofit status.

"It was just a little too close for comfort," Engelbrecht told "Fox & Friends" Wednesday.

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Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released emails April 9 that suggested Cummings contacted the IRS urging the agency to investigate Engelbrecht's organization after it applied for nonprofit status.

Cummings, also a member of the Oversight committee, has suggested the House was wasting its time with the investigation, and told CNN last year "the case is solved," according to an editorial in Investor's Business Daily. The editorial said Cummings "had been working hand in glove with the IRS to target conservative groups and wanted the fact to remain a secret."
 
Following the revelation that Cummings may have been involved in the targeting, Engelbrecht said she was "comforted" to see that "the truth was beginning to come out."

Engelbrecht first applied for nonprofit status for her group True the Vote in 2010. She said five agencies subsequently contacted her "in very rapid succession over a three-year period."

"Once I filed my nonprofit application with the IRS back in July of 2010, it seems as though that set into motion a series of events that ultimately would bring five government agencies to my door," she said.

Engelbrecht said there was "no doubt" the agencies were working in a "collaborative effort to target and silence me." She said her story was "just beginning to be told," and said the targeting likely happened to other groups.

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