Former Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell's Tax Records Improperly Accessed by State Employee

Jul 19, 2013 -- 12:56pm

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is having more trouble with the IRS.

In January, a criminal investigator from the U.S. Treasury Department met with O'Donnell, and informed her that a Delaware state government employee had improperly accessed her federal tax records. O'Donnell says she was told this happened on the same day that she announced her candidacy for her 2010 Senate campaign, as well as the day that the IRS had incorrectly placed a lien on her house, which then got leaked to the media.

O'Donnell says she's aware of at least eight other cases in which either political candidates or donors had their tax records improperly accessed. The office of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is investigating the cases, along with the IRS' targeting of conservative groups. O'Donnell says the improper access of tax records should be an outrage to everyone, regardless of their political persuasion. She says the issue needs to be kept alive to return fairness to the political process. She hopes there will be enough of an outcry that the Justice Department will be forced to investigate. O'Donnell says this investigation is restoring her faith in the justice system.

The Treasury Inspector General's Office was investigating the improper lien when it abruptly stopped the investigation and closed the case. That's what got the atttention of Sen. Grassley.

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