SACRAMENTO –Today, with the introduction of a resolution criticizing the recent allegations that certain political groups are being targeted by the federal Internal Revenue Service, Assemblyman Hagman stressed that all Americans are entitled to freedom of speech and association.
“The Federal Government is entrusted by the people with great power,” said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills. “This power was given in order to safeguard the rights our country was founded on—freedom of political and religious beliefs and protection of these beliefs from instances of harassment and abuse. Countries all around the world look to the United States as an embodiment of this freedom; therefore it is imperative that we as Californians and as Americans make clear this is unacceptable.”
In recent years, officials at the Internal Revenue Service have allegedly targeted conservative political organizations seeking federal tax exempt status. These groups have been harassed throughout their application processes and have been asked to provide information that was not relevant or necessary to their tax status, such as what books their members were reading and even the details of their prayer sessions.
Assembly Joint Resolution 25 urges Congress and the President to conduct a thorough independent investigation and take action to prevent this misuse of power from ever occurring again in the future.