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Here's How the IRS Treated Me Because I'm a Conservative

In 2011, while working as a college English instructor and writing articles for this and other sites about corruption in education, I set up a website called Dissident Prof with my own funds and by working in my basement. After one of my long-time readers sent an unsolicited $500 donation, I decided to apply for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Thus began the ordeal with the IRS. I suffered through fifteen months of stonewalling followed by demands to quickly meet a financial and ideological inquisition.

I am now a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against the IRS, because we now know the IRS had flagged applications based on criteria like this:

a) Have names including “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12 Project”;

b) Deal with government spending, government debt, or taxes;

c) Deal with education of the public by advocacy or lobbying to “make America a better place to live”; or

d) Criticize how the country is being run.

The motto of my site -- “resisting the re-education of America” -- probably fit (c) and (d). This is likely why last week, Dissident Prof was exposed as #130 in the IRS’s list of 426 targeted groups.

(PJ Media reported that liberal targets had been added to that list, likely as a smokescreen.)

Dissident Prof was intended to be a forum for dissident professors to educate the public. The work of setting up the corporation -- writing and filing paperwork -- was exhausting, but none was more so than the IRS application.

To save on accounting fees, I did much of the legwork. I mailed the heavy envelope with my $850 fee to the IRS on February 8, 2013. The IRS cashed my check -- but the three-month mark, by which we were told we could expect a response, passed.