Hey, no worries, she was told that her opponents were involved but now the probe into what happened has been closed.
Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s personal federal income tax information was improperly accessed by an individual at the IRS, according to The Washington Times.
Dennis Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, told the Delaware Republican that an official in the state government had improperly accessed her records on March 9, 2010, the day the tea party favorite announced her candidacy in the Republican primary against GOP mainstay Michael Castle.
Also on that day a tax lien was placed on a house purported to be hers, an issue made public in the media, even though she no longer owned it. The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.
O’Donnell and Senate investigators have been unable to get to the bottom of how and why the breach occurred, and whether abuses of the IRS system extend to private individuals and not just tax-exempt groups which have been the subject of the ongoing IRS controversy.
“I don’t know and I’d like to know,” O’Donnell told the Times. “Whether it’s one, eight, or 80 [cases], it’s an abuse of power at the IRS. It’s using the IRS as a political weapon, and that shouldn’t be done.”
O’Donnell, who ultimately scored an upset against Castle in the primary but lost in the general election to Democrat Chris Coons, said she believes her political opponents may have been behind the breach.
“An official with this investigation told me that there was evidence linking this inappropriate use of my tax records with the Delaware political leadership, Delaware political leaders on both sides of the aisle,” O’Donnell said.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and member of the Senate Finance and Judiciary committees, has attempted to investigate the issue, but was stonewalled when the agency said it had a duty to protect the privacy of its officials.