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History of IRS Abuse
Paula Corbin Jones


Under the Clinton administration, conservative groups ranging from the Heritage Foundation to the National Rifle Association reported that they had come under review from the IRS, but the most eye-opening example was the case of Paula Corbin Jones. She had publicly accused President Clinton of sexual misconduct -- and was subjected to an IRS audit almost immediately after declining an offer to settle the case.

"I find the timing very peculiar," a spokesperson for the Jones family said at the time. "They're a family with two little children. They have one car, they rent a little apartment. How many people renting and making under $40,000 a year get audited?"

A conservative group named Judicial Watch, which had sued the president over a host of issues ranging from the administration’s fundraising practices to the Jones case, was also audited. Its lawyers asserted later that they were told by a senior IRS official: "What do you expect when you sue the president?"


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