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First Tea Party Group Sues IRS For Targeting

From Reuters:

Tea Party group sues IRS over inappropriate targeting

By Nate Raymond | Mon May 20, 2013

(Reuters) – A California-based Tea Party group sued the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Monday in what marked the first lawsuit to stem from an investigation finding the agency singled-out conservative organizations.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the NorCal Tea Party Patriots accused the IRS of violating its constitutional rights due to the "intensive and intrusive scrutiny" it received while seeking tax-exempt status.

The lawsuit sought class action status on behalf of all conservative and libertarian groups – such as those associated with the Tea Party movement – that were targeted by the IRS for extra scrutiny from March 2010 through the middle of this month. Tea Party groups call for reduced federal spending and taxation.

The lawsuit has the backing of a group calling itself Citizens for Self-Governance, a group launched by the co-founder the Tea Party Patriots, Mark Meckler.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with all those known and unknown who have been abused by a federal government run amok," Meckler said in a statement…

The lawsuit was filed in Cincinnati, home to the field office at the center of the storm, by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, a group based in Colfax, California.

On its website, NorCal says its volunteers "simply love their country and want to save it from a tyrannical takeover."

So these are some of the dangerous extremists that Obama has been warning college graduates about.

In the lawsuit, NorCal said it had first sought tax-exempt status in March 2010. The group said due to an "unjustifiable delay," it did not receive approval for tax-exempt status until August 2, 2012.

That makes them pretty typical. In fact, they were lucky. There were tax exemptions given to conservative groups between March 2010 and June 2012.

"The IRS engaged in a tactic of suffocating NorCal Tea Party Patriots and other similarly situated groups with requests that were so searching and extensive that they would have presented a serious challenge even for sophisticated businesses," the complaint said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages for the IRS’s alleged violation of the Privacy Act of 1974 and the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

What price can you put on freedom?

Exactly how many groups could qualify to be members of the class if a federal judge certified it is unclear. The inspector general’s report reviewed 296 applications.

With any luck, it will grow larger than the (bogus) Pigford class action suit. Actually, that will probably never happen. Tea Party people are far too honest.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “First Tea Party Group Sues IRS For Targeting”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Establishment Republicans AND Democrats are pleased about this whole thing. The biggest losers in the election sweepstakes are liberal Republicans! If the democrats can’t win, they next best consolation prize is a liberal Republican as a placeholder. The WORST scenario is someone who will actually fight back.

    There are two ways to win: advance the ball forward, or trick the defense to just move back on their own. Democrats use both, but they can’t do that if the Tea Party is looking to attack, intercept the ball, and run it back the other way.

    You are never going to get anywhere with the John McCain-types, in which he is like Jimmy Carter, see what he says first, then do the opposite. This is exactly why I didn’t vote for McCain or Romney, they are just placeholders.

  2. platypus says:

    The rallies opposing the IRS today were a huge success. Lots of different liberty groups came together even though it was initiated by Tea Party Patriots.

    United disgruntled patriots are scary to the lib enemy.

    • Mithrandir says:

      It really is clear who is on the side of the people isn’t it? Just mention the words, “freedom, rights, limited government, Constitution, anti-tax” and see who starts sweating and wringing their hands together.

      With that in mind, who would the Founding Fathers favor in this day and age if they were to take a stroll around Washington D.C.? The Tea Party, or the perpetual ruling class we have now? People forget that federal law trumps state law but The Constitution trumps federal law! Just because they pass a law that destroys the Constitution, doesn’t mean ANYONE has any obligation to respect or enforce it.

      The Nazis did the same thing in which the public, the government, the military, chose the wrong option in which they were NOT to enforce immoral and illegal laws, but they did anyway because they were “just following orders” much like the myriad of scandals floating around these days. Hilter and his henchmen didn’t escape responsibility in the Nuremberg trials, with the excuse that “low-level people” were responsible for all the atrocities and the higher-ups had no idea what was going on, why is this administration playing the same game?

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Corruption, vote fraud, a candidare who isn’t even legally eligible to run, intimidation at the polls, corruption throughout the campaign, and to top it off … a Soros owned company /counting the vote’.

    What’s not to like?

    It’s the Chicago Wat on a national scale which means, Union beating coming soo to a house near yours.

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