The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent tax documents on a targeted conservative group to Democratic staff on the House Oversight Committee, newly released emails show, despite previous denials by ranking Oversight Democrat Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) that such contact had occurred.
Emails released by the GOP-led Oversight Committee show Democratic staff requested information from the IRS' tax-exempt division on True The Vote, a conservative group that monitors polling places for voter fraud.
Republicans and conservative activists say the IRS tax-exempt division, led by former official Lois Lerner, targeted dozens of conservative groups because of their politics while ignoring similar progressive organizations.
Cummings publicly requested information from True the Vote in October 2012 on its volunteer activities and training.
Five days later, the IRS sent True the Vote a letter requesting the group provide the agency with copies of its volunteer registration forms and additional information on its volunteer activities.
Cummings' staff requested more information from the IRS about True the Vote in January 2013. The request was channeled from the IRS' Legislative Affairs office to several other IRS officials, including Lerner.
Three days later, Lerner wrote to her deputy Holly Paz: "Did we find anything?" Paz wrote that she hadn't heard back, to which Lerner replied: "thanks-check tomorrow please."