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Rick Santorum Email Lists Obama 'Abuses'

05/23/2013 04:21 pm ET

In an email to his supporters on Thursday, former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum listed "abuses" committed by President Barack Obama and his administration.

The "top abuses," according to Santorum, include the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups in the lead-up to the 2012 elections, the Department of Justice's seizure of Associated Press reporters' phone records and the "covered-up" deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

The email encouraged Santorum supporters to "hold President Obama accountable for his abuses of power." It then went on to list more "abuses" committed by the Obama administration.

Read the full text of the email below:

President Obama gutted the landmark welfare reform law that I coauthored in 1996. He instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to remove the work requirement for welfare recipients despite its bipartisan support and that it was signed into law by a fellow Democrat - President Clinton.

President Obama had his Justice Department file a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for enforcing immigration laws. Arizona was just enforcing the laws that Obama refused to enforce.

President Obama announced that he would now follow the DREAM Act, a law Congress has not passed. He instructed his Department of Homeland Security to no longer deport young illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria he set.

He instructed his Justice Department to stop enforcing DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, a law duly passed by Congress, simply because he did not like the law.

He instructed HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to grant waivers, and establish new budgets and guidelines for implementing Obamacare, without any Congressional oversight.

He had his Department of Interior illegally place a moratorium on offshore drilling. This was illegal because a federal judge in Louisiana held them in contempt of court for "dismissive conduct" for doing that earlier.

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