Congressman Steve Stockman

Representing the 36th District of Texas

Stockman asks for probe of alleged audits of citizens reported to White House email address

May 14, 2013
Press Release
ObamaCare critics report IRS harassment after being reported to Flag@WhiteHouse.gov

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman Tuesday asked two House chairmen to investigate allegations individuals reported to a White House email address for criticizing Obama’s health care reforms were targeted with Internal Revenue Service audits.

During the debate over adopting ObamaCare the White House encouraged liberal activists to report Obama’s critics to a “Flag@WhiteHouse.gov” email address.  At least one of those reported tells RedState.com editor Erick Erickson he was then targeted with audits.  “Remember that website Obama set up to report neighbors who opposed Obamacare? A friend reported himself and got audited shortly thereafter,” Erickson tweeted May 13.

“We need to know if there were any others.  This certainly fits the rapidly-expanding pattern of people who criticize Obama suddenly finding themselves targeted by the IRS,” said Stockman.  “Obama’s IRS scandal is spreading like a cancer.”

“Government reforms adopted after Watergate prohibit the White House from coordinating with the IRS to target citizens.  We know White House critics were targeted by the IRS.  We know the White House maintained an active enemies list through Flag@WhiteHouse.gov.  Investigators must find out how targets were picked and what, if any, White House personnel knew about it,” said Stockman.

Stockman has asked the House Ways and Means, and Government Reform and Oversight, Committees to seek answers to three questions:

1)    Were any individuals or groups reported to Flag@WhiteHouse.gov later subjected to IRS audits?

2)    If so, were the audits politically motivated?

3)    If the audits were politically motivated, did the White House violate federal laws prohibiting such coordination?

“Obama’s Nixonian demand that his followers provide him with an enemies list is even more disturbing in light of the IRS’ admitted wrongdoing,” said Stockman

The IRS admits targeting conservative groups with harassment, a practice which has since been revealed to be far more widespread than previously admitted.  Officials in the Washington, D.C. and California offices also admit targeting conservative groups.  

Jewish organizations also report IRS harassment after criticizing the President, and a St. Louis reporter has also come forward to allege he was also targeted by the IRS after asking Obama tough questions.

The text of the letter follows:

May 14, 2013



The Honorable Darrell Issa
Chairman, House Government Oversight and Reform Committee
2157 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Dave Camp
Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee
1102 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Esteemed Chairmen:

As you recall, during the congressional deliberations over ObamaCare the White House urged liberal activists to report the President’s critics to Flag@WhitHouse.gov.

The recent admission, and new revelations, the Internal Revenue Service engaged in politically-motivated harassment of conservative groups shines a disturbing new light on this and other White House efforts to target private citizens who question Barack Obama’s policies.

Since the these revelations of IRS wrongdoing several individuals and groups have claimed they were audited by the IRS after being reported to the White House’s “Flag” email address.

As the scope of the IRS scandal expands on what seems to be an hourly basis, both the Ways & Means and Government Oversight & Reform Committees should seek answers to three important questions.

1)    Were any individuals or groups reported to Flag@WhiteHouse.gov later subjected to IRS audits?

2)    If so, were the audits politically motivated?

3)    If the audits were politically motivated, did the White House violate federal laws prohibiting such coordination?

Citizens deserve to know just how far the IRS went in trying to silence critics of the President, and just who directed the abuses.

I trust your Committee will seek thorough answers to these questions and expose any and all wrongdoing and abuses of power, no matter how high they reach.

Warmest wishes,



STEVE STOCKMAN
Member of Congress


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