Rep. Darrell Issa sent a letter on Wednesday to the Federal Election Committee requesting documents that he said were potentially related to "inappropriate coordination" between the independent agency and the Internal Revenue Service.
“Documents recently produced to the Committee demonstrate that FEC personnel communicated with IRS personnel about tax-exempt groups engaged in political activities,” the California Republican wrote, according to The Hill.
Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, cited emails between an FEC official and then-IRS director Lois Lerner in which the elections official asked Lerner about tax-exempt applications pertaining to two conservative groups.
Earlier this year, Lerner pleaded the fifth in testimony before Congress regarding the IRS' singling out of conservative, tea party and religious groups in their applications for tax-exempt status.
Issa said the communications between the groups “raise the prospect of inappropriate coordination between the IRS and the FEC about tax-exempt entities,” the Hill reports.
He requested documentation for all communication between FEC and IRS employees from Jan. 1, 2008, to the present, the Hill reports.
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