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"While it is important we get answers about how and why these groups were targeted by the IRS, firing a few employees will not solve the problem," he said. "The long-term solution is for the American people to demand that government be less involved, less intrusive, and therefore less able to carry out these kinds of abuses."

Lee linked the IRS scandal to the Justice Department seizing the phone records of Associated Press reporters and the Health Department requesting that companies donate to help implement the Affordable Care Act, saying that when such actions happen "we are no longer citizens but subjects."

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So far, only one Utah group claims to have been inappropriately singled out by the IRS.

Freedom Path, created in January 2011 to support Hatch’s re-election efforts, spent $570,000 backing Hatch, while keeping its donors secret. It is still waiting for an IRS ruling on its application, but claims to have received intrusive questionnaires. The IRS also inappropriately gave a copy of Freedom Path’s application to ProPublica. Hatch’s office said the senator was unaware of Freedom Path’s interaction with the IRS until informed by The Salt Lake Tribune.

mcanham@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mattcanham




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