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Cole on Congress with guest Cleta Mitchell

November 18, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) recently interviewed Cleta Mitchell on his TV show, Cole on Congress. Cleta is a native Oklahoman and currently works as an attorney and partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington, D.C. She is an expert in law, politics and public policy and represents numerous conservative candidates, campaigns and issue organizations, including several non-profit groups who were targeted by the IRS when applying for tax-exempt status.  

During the interview, Cleta explained what targeting of these groups entailed and how she discovered that it was taking place. Beginning in 2009, after decades assisting organizations, she noticed stalled applications and unnecessary, unusual questions of conservative groups.

“What I began to realize was, ‘Wait a minute, we filed that application for this one group in October 2009, and all they’ve ever done is lobby on Obamacare. The IRS cashed our check.’ I don’t hear anything from the IRS at all until June 2010,” Cleta remembered. “And then they want all the ads that the group has run against Obamacare. Now this is a group that’s done no political activity. So we gather that, we send it in. I don’t hear anything again for a year later. Now I’m used to 3 to 5 weeks. Now we’re into 2 years. And that begins to repeat itself over and over with other groups.”

To watch the full interview, click here.