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Bridget Johnson


May 13, 2013 - 6:58 am

The co-founder of Tea Party Patriots said on Fox this morning that the questions the IRS asked in their quest for 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status were “ridiculous” and an apology from the agency isn’t enough.

Jenny Beth Martin said her group still hasn’t heard back on their application.

“The IRS has asked questions of us like, they wanted to know every single post on Facebook, every comment that every person who is a fan of ours on Facebook, had ever made. All the congressmen and senators that are supporters, ever spoke to. Very intrusive questions,” Martin said.

She said they’re looking into whether they’ll demand that the IRS pay back the money that the Tea Party group spent on lawyers for the process.

“And we’ve also had to help other groups around the country to — to do what we can to help them as they’ve had the same — same kind of questions from the IRS,” Martin continued. “A simple apology on a conference call is not enough by a long shot. Congress needs to investigate this, and find out how many more lies the IRS is telling.”

She said she understood in the application process “that when you’re dealing with the IRS and you’re making an application for a tax exempt status, that you’ve got to — you’ve got to make sure that you’re following all the rules, and all the laws.”

“But the questions about the Facebook posts, what are supporters are saying, who they’re talking to on Capitol Hill, the list of all of our donors, when donations are supposed to be — supposed to be confidential? Absolutely ridiculous,” Martin said.

“I don’t know whether it came from the top or not. What I know is that there’s no way it was just a couple of low-level employees out of Cincinnati, Ohio who had this much influence, and could affect so many groups across the country. Literally it was from coast to coast. From California to South Carolina, in every state — not every state in between, but many, many states in between who were filing for these applications.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Think, just maybe, its time to revisit Both President Lincoln's bad idea to pay for the civil war (Revenue Act of 1862, later, its corollary ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court) and 1913, 16th Amendment by the now infamous Woodrow Wilson administration most Progressive, Leftist American President yet to set foot in America's White House. A modern day "Flat Tax" system of revenue for America would tax consumption as it happens...instead of "earnings' as they take place (a modified Ludwig Von Mises approach to USA's "Business Cycle"). This would equitably spread to those participating in American Exceptionalism (equally) and have no impact whatsoever upon those non-participants. Know this is controvertible...but maybe time to say good-bye to a worthless IRS. Remember, the IRS and Immigration in the USA, are America's two organizations operating on the basis of "guilty until one proves their innocence!" This is the Napolionic Code , operational in every tin-horn dictatorship in the worlds Progressive, leftist economies. Pray. Amen. Abolish immediately the 16th Amendment. Right Now! Balance-the-Budget by going back to the Gold Standard.Fiscal reform must take place...begin in We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC...cut payrolls and perks!!! Reduce personnel, cut useless departments. Another thought, why does the IRS allow foreign national companies to use European Accounting rules, while their American counterparts file under American accounting rules???HUH? What's that all about? In europe, losses are historially understated!!!!! Socialism, you know!!!
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Maybe the IRS will take the Geithner defense: blame it on TurboTax.

There will be some smoke, and some reassignments, but firings probably won't happen, and there is no way anyone is doing jail time.

These are people who are willing to stand on the graves of dead children to get a law passed; there is no way they give a crap about "rules"
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