The company founded by the late media entrepreneur and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart charges that the IRS is at it again. Breitbart News Network says it’s been selected for an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated.
According to Fox News, the IRS has been looking into Breitbart’s 2012 financial information. Breitbart, of course, has been looking into charges that a deeply corrupt IRS has targeted, intimidated and harassed numerous Tea Party and other conservative organizations.
“The Obama administration’s timing on this is exquisite, but try as they might through various methods to silence us, we will only get more emboldened,” Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, said in a written statement.
Since the practice was made public – by the IRS itself and the inspector general’s office – other conservative groups have come forward claiming they were subjected to unwarranted scrutiny by the agency.
In this case, it remains unclear whether the apparent audit of Breitbart News is anything out of the ordinary. The IRS conducts audits of tens of thousands of businesses every year.
When he learned of the audit of Breitbart, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fired off a letter to the IRS commissioner, expressing Cruz’s concern not only about this IRS inquiry, but also about any other audits of news organizations that might be shining a harsh spotlight on the tax agency.
In the letter, [Cruz] called the inquiry a “far-reaching, burdensome, and open-ended audit.”
“In another time, under another Administration, the decision to audit a conservative news organization might not have risen to a worrisome level of concern,” he wrote. “However, given the IRS’s disturbing track record of illegally targeting conservative organizations … the decision to audit Breitbart News Network, LLC appears highly questionable.”
Dozens of stories exposing the IRS targeting scandal have appeared on breitbart.com.
The president of the Breitbart News Network tells Fox News that the company will not resist the IRS audit and will cooperate fully with the agency’s inquiry.
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