The article in the May 17 Bulletin regarding our Senator Merkley’s documented involvement in the IRS targeting of conservative political groups is very disturbing. His motivation, along with six other “honorable” gentlemen, seems to be to use the unlimited power of the IRS to intimidate and prevent opposing organizations from properly engaging in the political process.

Now, Senator Merkley has egg on his face and is backpedaling so fast the eggs are scrambled. He signed the letter advising the IRS to “make sure that groups applying for tax exempt status were actually “social welfare” organizations and not fronts for political activities.” Why were only certain groups targeted for this unusual scrutiny? Does Senator Merkley regret signing the letter? If so, he should resign and apologize to the people of Oregon for his lack of judgment and his lack of political integrity.

Jack Cook