An attorney gives insight into why conservative activist and Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell believes she was unfairly targeted by the IRS.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference, O'Donnell claimed that the federal tax agency targeted her for political reasons soon after she launched her Republican Senate candidacy in Delaware. She maintains that her financial information was accessed and used to create a smear campaign after she won the GOP nomination in 2010, as she went on to lose the general election.
Gayle Trotter, senior fellow with the Independent Women's Forum (IWF) and a Washington, D.C. attorney, says there needs to be a full-scale investigation of the IRS.
"Two congressional committees are investigating this right now, but unfortunately, the federal law requires them not to give Christine O'Donnell or the taxpayers any information about the case," the attorney explains.
Trotter agrees that the IRS scandal affected the outcome of the election.
"People may agree with me or not agree with me, but you wonder why more women don't get into politics," she offers. "When they come after you, they come after your family – it's very disheartening for men or women."
The attorney point out that the IRS is designed to be an apolitical, nonpartisan agency tasked with collecting revenue to fund government obligations, and it relies primarily on voluntary compliance by taxpayers. To succeed, the IRS must treat all taxpayers even-handedly.