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Attorney General Luther Strange on IRS Targeting

 Luther Strange

STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL LUTHER STRANGE

Regarding Reported Political Targeting by IRS

           In light of the recent news reports and the IRS’ own admissions, I am calling on any 501(c)(4) organization in the state of Alabama that believes it has been unjustly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service to contact my office at 334-242-7300.

Americans don’t expect to be singled out and punished for their political beliefs, and for any government agency to do so threatens the most basic foundations of our republic.  Despite the waffling from the White House, it appears the IRS sought to systematically harass American organizations seeking to exercise their free speech and association rights.

This situation demands full accountability from the IRS and procedures to ensure that safeguards are put in place so that this type of egregious abuse of the public trust does not occur again.  It only makes sense for the President to appoint a special prosecutor to fairly and impartially investigate these troubling allegations to determine who directed these activities and if anyone in or associated with the White House knew of these activities and failed to stop them.

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See also, Congressman Mike Rodgers’ statement on the IRS targeting below…

http://mike-rogers.house.gov/press-release/irs-targets-conservative-groups-rogers-asks-who-else

 

AG Luther Strange Explains His Position on AL’s New Immigration Law

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had a great op-ed in the Mobile Press-Register yesterday explaining his position on Alabama’s new immigration law.  A BIG thanks to Big Luther for doing such a wonderful job defending Alabama!

By LUTHER STRANGE

Special to the Press-Register

As the attorney general of Alabama, it is my duty to uphold and defend the laws of the state as they are passed by the Legislature and signed into law by our governor. Earlier this year, Alabama’s immigration law was passed and then signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The law was immediately challenged, and my office has been litigating the issue in federal court.

Recently, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to certain Alabama school districts directing them to produce a laundry list of data. Because this particular issue received considerable attention in the media, I thought it would be helpful to ensure my position is clear regarding this matter.

This data — much of which is not currently collected by schools and would require many hours and scarce resources to compile — was purportedly sought by the Justice Department to determine whether the new law discourages children from attending school.

As counsel for the state superintendent of education in the ongoing litigation initiated by the Justice Department on these same issues, I advised the superintendent that the school districts were not compelled to reply.

Why? Because when the Civil Rights Division receives a complaint about alleged discrimination in Alabama schools, the law requires it to notify school officials and allow the schools and our state to take steps to correct the problem. We are still awaiting this information.

This theme of cooperation between the federal government and the states runs throughout federal law — from protecting civil rights in schools to enforcing federal immigration law. Congress has repeatedly instructed the federal government to work with states, not against them.

We are a nation of immigrants. That is one of our great strengths. I have personally recruited industry from around the world to Alabama. And those businesses are thriving here.

What is really at stake is the rule of law, on which all our freedoms are founded.

Everyone agrees that the existing immigration law should be enforced by the federal government. Unfortunately, the federal government has failed in its responsibility to enforce its own laws.

That leaves the states to deal with the issue, as we’ve witnessed in Arizona, Indiana, Utah, Georgia, South Carolina and here in Alabama. I have no doubt that other states will follow.

As this debate swirls and the political winds blow, I am and will continue to be focused on my job of enforcing the laws of Alabama through the proper legal channels. And I sincerely hope to have the cooperation of the Department of Justice in the process.

To those who’d like to inject the old images of Alabama from 1963, I reiterate what I have made clear from the day I took office: I have and will always enforce the law equally and fairly without regard to race, gender, ethnicity or political party.

My office is determined to see that all of our schoolchildren are protected from unlawful activity.

As I have said many times, Alabama officials are not going to do anything that violates any individual’s constitutional rights. Such illegal actions will not be tolerated as long as I am Alabama’s attorney general. That is where I stand.

Luther Strange is attorney general of Alabama. His email address is [email protected].

Electronic Bingo Machines Leave Alabama

Attorney General Luther Strange got a big win in the fight against gambling–he’s reached an agreement with the gaming equipment companies to pull their electronic bingo machines out of Alabama.

Strange told the Birmingham News, “I hope this is the beginning of the end. I don’t know how the casino owners will react, but the fact that their machine manufacturers have left the state leaves them with very little left to work with.”

The fight against illegal gambling has been the source of much conflict in the state.  Governor Riley formed an Anti-Gambling Task Force to root out those who were not operating within the law.  While he is not utilizing the task force, Governor Bentley and AG Strange have taken a strong stand against gambling in Alabama.  Gambling was also the subject of one of the largest public corruption scandals in Alabama’s history.

Hopefully, the steps Governor Bentley and AG Strange are taking will bring resolution to the issue once and for all.

AG Luther Strange Comments on Indian Gaming Rules

Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange submitted comments in response to a comprehensive review done by the National Indian Gaming Commission regarding standards and regulations of electronic bingo on tribal lands.  Those comments can be found here:   Letter to National Indian Gaming Commission.

Strange had previously taken a strong stand against illegal gambling in a joint statement with Governor Bentley on the subject.  We applaud Attorney General Strange and Governor Bentley for their commitment to upholding the laws of Alabama.