Senator Menendez Cites “Second Scandal” of 501(c)(4) Abuse in Wake of IRS Controversy

Senator Menendez Cites “Second Scandal” of 501(c)(4) Abuse in Wake of IRS Controversy

Senator lays out abuses during today’s Senate Finance Committee hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C.- For the past three days, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has put the concerns about the Internal Revenue Service's inappropriate actions and failures of management into perspective by citing the massive abuse of 501(c)(4) tax exemptions by political organizations. Today, he spoke during the Senate Finance Committee's hearing on the IRS.

"The idea that any government agency would use searches with politically charged terms to single out groups for selective review is truly offensive to our concept of democracy. I believe that it's not only unacceptable, but it's pretty appalling," said Senator Menendez. "I think there are two scandals here. One is the management failures....and [the other is] the cost of granting of all of these 501(c)(4)s when they are not being used for social welfare but they are used, in essence, for political advocacy."

Today's hearing followed Senator Menendez's statements made earlier this week, beginning on Sunday when he appeared on ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

Yesterday, Senator Menendez answer questions from New Jersey reporters about IRS actions.

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