Treading on Us….
As reported Friday, a senior executive for the IRS (Lois Lerner) admitted that tea party and patriot groups had been inappropriately targeted for additional reviews, specifically regarding requests for non-profit tax status. These reviews contained requests for information that were intrusive and offensive in nature, further delaying non-profit status requests from being granted in a timely manner while costing tea party groups legal/preparation fees and a tremendous amount of administrative time to prepare responses.
As you may remember, Richmond Tea Party was one of those groups targeted (see HERE for refresher). This is a very dynamic issue that is developing rapidly. We are currently assessing our options and will take additional action as appropriate when more details are known.
Please see below for many links detailing what’s happening on this issue.
Update: Senior IRS officials evidently knew about the inappropriate reviews back in 2011, contradicting prior statements.
Tea Party Patriots calls for congress to investigate:
Update 2: Was the IRS also targeting Jewish groups?
Update 3: House Ways and Means Committee demands all documents from IRS containing “tea party”, “patriot”, or “conservative” by Wednesday, May 15th.
Richmond Tea Party background story:
Jamie Radtke calls for congressional investigation:
American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) issues press release:
Comments from Tea Party Patriots national group:
Rep. Eric Cantor: House will investigate:
Sean Hannity: IRS Enemies List Exposed & Defined by Scottie Hughes & Jedediah Bila
Jay Sekulow with ACLJ:
RTP Responds in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
George Will Discusses the Issue – Akin to Nixon Impeachment Charges
RTP Executive Director Discusses Issue on CBS News
Panel Discussion about the IRS Story on WAMU 88.5 Radio
RTP visits “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren
RTP Discusses the IRS Controversy with CNN