The Republican IRS Witch Hunt Cost Taxpayers $14 Million and Counting

Darrell Issa

According to an IRS letter just released, Representative Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) and the Republicans’ manufactured IRS investigation/campaign ad has cost the taxpayers $14 million dollars and counting.

$14 million wasted on a witch hunt, as they refuse to pass any real legislation and claim that we must make cuts to programs to help the vulnerable. And they’re not done yet. Republicans are holding two hearings this week in the Oversight Committee and one in the Appropriations Committee.

Given all of the secrecy and careful orchestration surrounding Issa’s witch hunts, how do we even know what the IRS witch hunt is costing? We only know because Representatives Sander Levin and Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Members of the House Ways and Means Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asked the IRS on February 7 in a letter. Today they released a letter from IRS Commissioner John Koskinen regarding the money and resources spent on the Republican witch hunt.

The costs, which are explained as the “conservative approach”, detailed in Koskinen’s letter are $8 million in direct costs like salaries, benefits, and travel, plus an additional $6 million to $8 million to “add capacity to information technology systems to process materials to investigators.”

All of this was spent when Darrell Issa knew from the beginning that there was nothing to see. Documents were presented at his witch hunt that were deliberately redacted to tell a false story that Republicans wanted the public to hear.

Levin and Cummings are not impressed. The released a statement, “After one of the most far-reaching investigations in recent history—spanning multiple House and Senate Committees that obtained hundreds of thousands of documents and interviewed dozens of officials—there is absolutely zero evidence of political motivation or White House involvement. Despite this fact, Republicans remain fixated on falsely accusing the White House of targeting its political enemies, wasting millions of dollars in an attempt to reignite their partisan inquiry before the November elections.”

It is clear that Darrell Issa and the House GOP are actually the party guilty of using taxpayer funds to conduct a political witch hunt, while claiming that their party is being targeted by a taxpayer funded organization.

Issa and the GOP spent 14 million targeting Democrats so far, and they’ve come up with nothing.

NOTHING. Just more ways to waste government money, from the party of “fiscal conservatism” and “small government”. And it’s not just the actual money spent, but the idea of resources. The IRS was already underfunded.

Maybe Republicans need to pay-as-you-go for their witch hunts. If there isn’t a certain level of evidence to support their accusations, or if they are proven wrong, they must pay back a percentage of the costs. You know, like responsible grown ups would.

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10 Replies to “The Republican IRS Witch Hunt Cost Taxpayers $14 Million and Counting”

  1. How many people in need could be fed with that 14 mil? I wish every one of these people had to walk a mile in their shoes.

  2. We really should be thanking the likes of
    Issa, Cruz, Paul, McConnell and the rest.
    They have exposed the GOP, Republicans, &
    T-Baggers for what they are.
    Greedy, selfish,power hungry Haters!
    They are trying to hand the upcoming
    elections to Democrats on a silver
    platter.
    If WE do our part and show up at the
    POLLS in 2014 AND 2016, victory shall be ours
    and we can finally get back to moving
    our Country FORWARD!!
    It looks like the ball is in OUR court!
    Register & VOTE!
    (O! and grab a friend and/or neighbor!)

  3. Just how much has this group of repute cost the American taxpayers with these BS schemes? We have Americans with no food, vets without homes etc… WHY!!!!!!!!!

  4. When you sue someone and lose, you often are forced to pay court costs. I firmly believe the same thing should be done here.

  5. Let’s see: $24 billion due to the shutdown, $14 million on the IRS witch hunt, and who knows how much on the ACA repeals, town hall meeting sham investigations, etc. Can we just start taking this out of their paychecks, monthly?

  6. If you’ve been waiting for a Democrat to go off on Issa this is good. In a hearing today the usually polite & optimistic Mr. Gutierrez had enough of Issa & Republicans blaming President Obama for failing to act on immigration. That is rich! The poor man finally had enough.

    Luis Gutierrez Bashes ‘Do-Nothing Hearing In A Do-Nothing Congress:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/26/luis-gutierrez-immigration_n_4860726.html?utm_hp_ref=politics#es_share_ended

  7. Darrell Issa should be sued for the cost of each of his faux pas, and himself investigated for his REAL law-breaking actions! Then he needs to be kicked out of Congress and jailed.

    What a waste!!!

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