Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, of Oregon, has called on the IRS on Friday to investigate tax-exempt organizations that helped organize a rally that led to the deadly riot at the Capitol last week.
“IRS tax exemption represents an official government endorsement of an organization and its activities, and bestows upon tax-exempt entities a significant financial benefit. Organizations that fail to provide for the public good, or worse—incite insurrection and violence at the core of our democracy—must not be allowed to remain in operation,” the Oregon Democrat wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, CNBC reports.
“Accordingly, I urge IRS, in coordination with other law enforcement agencies to investigate the extent to which tax-exempt organizations were involved in any part of the Capitol insurrection or actions leading up to that event, and to the greatest extent of the law, revoke the exempt status of those organizations that played a role in inciting or committing violence and other illegal acts,” The top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee added.
The Senator’s letter says “[I]t has become clear that this was an orchestrated, organized event.” Wyden does not name any organizations that he wants the IRS to review.