Small business panel latches on to IRS controversy

“These investigations have only raised more questions as to the extent these practices may have extended beyond conservative groups.”

Former IRS officials have stressed that the agency’s targeting was not politically motivated, while acknowledging that IRS staffers had made mistakes in trying to establish screening criteria for tax-exempt applications.

In his letter, Graves also cited a 2011 committee hearing on a proposed executive order that would have required government contractors to disclose their political contributions.