The ongoing IRS scandal that is hitting Washington has yet another twist with new questions surrounding the number one group on our Dirty Dozen List, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The latest twist comes after the person at the heart of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, was found to have ties to this anti-hunting organization.
Lerner is the Director of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division, which has come under investigation for improperly targeting conservative groups. Lerner’s involvement might not stop there, however. Now questions are being raised as to whether the IRS ignored accusations regarding HSUS’s tax exempt status because of Lerner’s active membership with HSUS.
Serious concerns surrounding HSUS’s tax exempt status originally surfaced in 2011, with six members of Congress requesting the IRS take a closer look at the anti-hunting group. Now, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, a Missouri Republican, is calling into question HSUS’s tax exempt status because of substantial political activity conducted by HSUS in Missouri in recent years.