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Ohio's Sen. Portman says his IRS complaint gave Obama early warning
Portman tells Ohio reporters he doesn't accept the president's claim that he didn't know IRS was targeting conservative groups
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Sen. Rob Portman says he raised alarms more than a year ago about the IRS.
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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says President Obama should have known a year ago the IRS office in Cincinnati was targeting conservative groups. 
Portman wrote a letter in March of 2012 raising questions about why tea party and other groups were being grilled by the IRS and having trouble getting their nonprofit status approved.

The response then, he says, was to deny it was happening:

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“We unfortunately have now learned a year later that the suspicions that we had were correct, and that is that the IRS employees were using inappropriate political screens, words like: We the People, Patriots, Limited government, and they were zeroing in on conservative leaning groups.

Portman says there are legitimate reasons for the IRS to examine nonprofit requests, but the issue here was the targeting of groups because of their ideology.

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Ohio's GOP senator also says he does not accept that the targeting was done only by low-level employees, and he says the firing of the acting IRS administrator is not enough.
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