Rayne Monday writes:
This past week angry Republican senators demanded to know whether a senior official in the Obama administration had gone through the tax filings of an entity Politico characterized as a “privately held corporation run by some of the country’s biggest conservative political benefactors.” The firm was identified as Koch Industries. You may recognize them as significant contributors to Republicans and conservative issues, including the Tea Party’s organization.
The focus of the senators’ anger is Austan Goolsbee, who’d recently been appointed as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. During a conference call with reporters Goolsbee referred to Koch Industries as an example of a corporation which doesn’t pay corporate taxes.
At no point in either of the articles in the New York Times or Politico does it say that Goolsbee admitted to accessing IRS records, yet Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and six other unnamed Republican senators are in a dither about this assumed invasion of Koch’s privacy.
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