According to the IRS, not one of the applications was denied. According to the head of the Kentucky 9/12 Project, his group refused to answer IRS questions and was approved anyway.
"There's absolutely no targeting" of conservative groups, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman testified to Congress in March 2012. Shulman is a former Bush appointee who completed his term in November 2012.
Senator Rubio Demands Phantom Resignation
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on May 13, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla, wrote, awkwardly, in part:
"Furthermore, it is clear the IRS cannot operate with even a shred of the American people's confidence under the current leadership. Therefore, I strongly urge that you and President Obama demand the IRS Commissioner's resignation, effectively immediately. No government agency that has behaved in such a manner can possibly instill any faith and respect from the American public."
Although there is no IRS Commissioner currently, Rubio's office said the letter was referring to acting commissioner Steven T. Miller, who was Shulman's deputy and who served as deputy commissioner for services and enforcement during the time alleged "targeting" took place, a position he continues to hold. According to his official biography on the IRS website:
"As Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, Miller provides direction and oversight for all major decisions affecting the four taxpayer-focused IRS Divisions: Wage and Investment, Large Business and International, Small Business/Self-Employed, and Tax Exempt and Government Entities.
"He also provides the executive direction and leadership for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, which investigates income tax evasion and related financial crimes; the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, which administers the laws and regulations governing the practice of tax professionals before the IRS; and the IRS Whistleblower Office, which receives information on tax cheating and provides appropriate rewards to whistleblowers."
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