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May 18, 2013 - 12:07 pm

More than a dozen Tea Party groups will file suit against the IRS this week, Fox News reports.

The groups will be represented by the American Center for Law and Justice. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow believes the number of plaintiffs will grow, although he doesn’t know if the groups will file individually or as part of a class action suit.

One of the plaintiffs will be Jay Devereaux who started his educational group Unite in Action following the Wall Street bailout. He’s been waiting two years for IRS approval of the group’s tax exempt status:

Litigation could take months or years and for some like Devereaux, time isn’t on their side.

While initially waiting for IRS approval, Devereaux dipped into his own bank account, maxed out credit cards and even borrowed money from friends so his group could put on a civic-engagement training session at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington. His goal was to eventually set up a steady stream of revenue for a tax-exempt nonprofit.

The next time Devereaux heard from the IRS, they had requested details and credentials on every single speaker and all the educational materials provided in the 78 classes held at the hotel. The IRS also wanted information on all 45 vendors, their credentials and a donor list.

Devereaux refused.

Five rounds of IRS letters later, and United in Action’s tax-exempt status is still in limbo.

If they are denied, Devereaux’s group would owe the federal government “somewhere in the neighborhood of $70,000 in back taxes,” he said, referring to money he would owe the government on donations.

“It’s more than we have in our bank account,” he said.

He’s not alone.

Waco Tea Party President Toby Walker said her group applied for a 501(c)(4) status in July 2010. She’d call the IRS from time to time to check on the progress but was basically told, ‘Don’t call us, we’ll call you,’ she said.

Then in February 2012, the IRS finally made contact.

Walker said she was asked questions that went well beyond the purview of the agency’s authority. They wanted to know everything about the Waco Tea Party group, their relationships with public officials, lists of volunteers and every single news story the group had ever been mentioned in.

Walker said the request was so lengthy and intrusive that had she complied with the demands, she “would have needed a U-haul truck of about 20 feet.”

“Rogue” employees? The remarkable thing about the stories that are emerging from various Tea Party groups is how consistent the IRS in the kinds of information they want — information that is clearly beyond the purview of their mandate and could even be considered trivial or harassing. Someone at the IRS took the time and effort to develop questions which they knew that organizations run out of a home would find burdensome and even impossible with which to comply.

The entire process seems to have been designed to delay, intimidate, and harass groups opposed to the re-election of the president. As has been pointed out before, the IRS excuse — that there was an avalanche of applications for tax exempt status and the IRS employees were only trying to be more efficient — is given the lie by Garance Franke-Ruta writing at The Atlantic:

But Todd Young, a Republican congressman from Indiana, pointed out at Friday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing with former acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George that this was not the case, according to the very data the IRS provided to the Treasury IG’s office.

There were, he noted, actually fewer applications for tax-exempt status by groups seeking to be recognized as social-welfare organizations that year than the previous one, according to this IRS data. The real surge in applications did not come until 2012 — the year the IRS stopped the practice of treating the Tea Party class of groups differently from others.

In short, the evidence does not support the reasons given for the targeting by IRS officials. More fodder for the suits that will be filed by Tea Party groups wronged by IRS bullying.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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So has any GOP leader called for the elimination of the IRS?

That's the only response that is satisfactory.
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Wow. That's great news. I hope they push to make individuals personally accountable, and NOT allow them to shrug the expenses off on the taxpayers. Treat them like the criminals they are. LAWSUITS AND JAIL.
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Make every last one of them pay his legal team to argue sovereign immunity at every step. Bleed them dry with legal bills.

Turnabout is fair play.
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I'm just imagining what all these Tea Party groups will be able to do with a judgment or a settlement. Depending on when it finally happens 2014 or 2016 is going to be ugly for the vile progs.
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Suing the IRS is good from the standpoint that it will stay in the news if we here at the New Media are willing to do frequent follow-ups.
Other than that suing the IRS is seldom a winner.They should finally get their tax free status but probably would have gotten it, in this atmophere of the IRS running scared, much sooner.
Suing could actually delay their getting tax free status since it now under litigation.
But, what do I know I don't even play a lawyer on tv.
One thing is for sure if J. Sekulow is in charge these guys are in good, very good hands,IMHO.
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So has any GOP leader called for the elimination of the IRS?

That's the only response that is satisfactory.
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i suspect that every lawyer, witness or judge involved on the plaintiff side will be audited or threatened by the IRS. or find their obamacare in a confused limbo. as will multiple commenters at various sites like this one.
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Not while it is before a judge. Afterwards, maybe, but I doubt it. Such a move now is political suicide.
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threaten now, do it later. intimidation works. you have people claiming right now that the IRS did everything they are accused of, but broke no laws.
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Yeah, threaten the judge. That'll do wonders for your case. The plaintiffs and their lawyers are already mostly under the thumb of the IRS. Unless they start pulling pages out of the Mafia's playbook there isn't much they can threaten.
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Keep in mind this is an administration who is not shy of intimidating the supreme court.
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judge is the least likely to be threatened, no question. doesn't mean it can't happen.
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I would hope that the result of this would be people being emboldened to step forward and call the IRS and other government agencies on intimidation.

I am wondering if the letter I received from the IRS over a year ago is the result of me being on a mailing list for a Tea Party in my state. I know I'm not the only one doing the math...
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