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    On Tax Day, RNC Sues The IRS

    by Charlie Spiering
    15 Apr 2014

    On Tax Day, the Republican National Committee announced it is suing the IRS for stonewalling Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the tax agency's politicized scrutiny of conservative and Tea Party groups.

    The RNC filed the request on May 21, 2013, in an attempt to expose the documents and emails surrounding agency’s process in handling applications of non-profit organizations such as conservative and Tea Party groups.

    “We’re filing this suit because the Obama administration has a responsibility to be transparent and accountable to the American people. The IRS has a legal obligation to answer our inquiry for these records,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “On Tax Day especially Americans deserve to know whether they can trust the agency to which they’re sending their taxes.

    After the RNC filed the request, the IRS has requested several extensions, which has already delayed the release by 226 business days.
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    What is the RNC Doing to Demand Answers from the Obama IRS? The Answer May Surprise You

    April 15, 2014 By Jennifer Burke

    It’s Tax Day and Americans everywhere have to answer to the government by anteing up the money that the government demands via the IRS. But, the RNC has put a twist on this day, one that brings about stress and animosity for many Americans. They are tired of the Obama IRS’s “illegal stonewalling” in delaying a response to their request for documents related to the IRS being weaponized against Tea Party and other conservative groups. So, the RNC is suing the IRS.

    RNC Chair Reince Priebus released the following statement on Tuesday.

    “We’re filing this suit because the Obama administration has a responsibility to be transparent and accountable to the American people. The IRS has a legal obligation to answer our inquiry for these records. If the IRS and the Obama administration don’t have anything to hide, why not answer the request?”

    According to FOX News, this lawsuit against the Obama IRS stems from a repeated request for documents related to the IRS scandal of harassment and intimidation of Tea Party and conservative groups. Despite requests being made through the Freedom of Information Act for the Obama IRS to produce, the correspondence and any other documents related to the targeting of those groups seen by Obama as his political enemies.

    Priebus continued in his statement by saying,

    “We’re going to keep fighting to hold the IRS and Obama administration accountable because Americans deserve a government that treats them fairly and not one that harasses them because of their beliefs nor an administration that goes after its perceived political enemies.”
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    Tea-party powerhouse turns tables on Obama

    This tea-party champ is going after Barack Obama and his henchmen at the IRS.

    Big time.

    Will the president's many "secrets" finally be revealed?


    'IRS has to follow letter of the law, just like we do'

    Published: 45 mins ago

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    WASHINGTON — “We want to know what they are doing and who is doing it,” said Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell in announcing a lawsuit intended to force the Obama administration to reveal the IRS’ new plans for tea party groups.
    The Tea Party Patriots, or TPP, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. against the IRS and the Treasury Department, asking the court to force the release of documents related to proposed regulations for 501(c)4 tax-exempt organizations that the group find “unduly restrictive, unreasonable and burdensome.”

    Lois Lerner

    The TPP believes the documents will also shed light on the roles played by former IRS official Lois Lerner and other administration officials in developing the regulations.
    The documents the suit seeks concern the IRS’ “Guidance for Tax Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities,” announced November 29, 2013.
    The TPP said it filed a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request on December 10, to try to obtain information on the proposed regulations, but filed suit after the IRS refused to provide any documents.
    President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin describes Tea Party Patriots as a national grassroots coalition with more than 3,400 locally organized chapters and more than 15 million supporters nationwide.
    “Citizens shouldn’t have to go to court to find out what sort of secret activities their government is up to,” said Martin, adding, “It’s truly shameful; President Obama promised a transparent government but instead, people have to file lawsuits just to learn the truth.”
    Mitchell has represented about a dozen conservative groups that believe they were subjected to dubious, invasive and extra scrutiny by the IRS while applying for tax-exempt status.
    She said the process for devising these new regulations should be transparent but is not, and that “We have a right to know” where they are coming from.
    Mitchell said she knows there are documents, memos and emails by individuals who have been working on the new regulations since June 2012, and her client wants access to that information.
    When WND asked Mitchell if there is anything to prevent the IRS from merely implementing the new regulations, she said “The IRS has to follow the law just like we do” and that any changes they make would have to hold up in court.
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said on Monday the IRS is likely rewriting the proposed regulations announced in Nov. 2013, and will be reissued at some point.
    “With Monday’s announcement that the IRS may issue revised regulations for groups such as Tea Party Patriots, getting to the origin of the Administration’s plans to muzzle us becomes even more urgent,” continued Mrs. Martin. “We plan to submit a new FOIA request this week to learn what has transpired behind the scenes since the proposed rules were first issued, and to add new claims to our lawsuit if the IRS and Treasury continue to ignore our requests for information.”
    Martina said the suit argues the proposed regulations would impose significant burdens and restrictions on the First Amendment activities, speech, and associational rights of every social welfare organization in America.
    She noted the proposed rules resulted in more than 150,000 public comments, which IRS officials described as a record number of responses to a proposed regulation.
    The lawsuit notes IRS communications released by the House Ways and Means Committee, and claims, “high ranking individuals within the Treasury and the IRS began as early as June 2012 to develop new regulations ‘off plan’ and in secret.”
    The suit specifically mentions email about the new regulations from Treasury official Ruth Madrigal to Lerner, the former head of exempt organizations at the IRS who may face criminal investigation and was found in contempt of Congress for her role in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.
    “The IRS is continuing to scheme behind closed doors to restrict our First Amendment rights. Tea Party Patriots intends to continue to force the IRS and the Obama Administration to comply with the law, to come out of the darkness and to conduct this process in the light of day,” said Martin.
    Earlier this year, Martin and Mitchell outlined to WND how on Nov. 29, 2013 the day after Thanksgiving, the IRS quietly proposed regulations that they say would drastically change the nature of elections and severely limit the power of conservative grassroots organizations, such as tea parties, by redefining what is considered tax-exempt political activity.
    The proposal would change the rules for a type of tax-exempt political organization called a 501(c)(4), which typically engage in citizen education and grassroots lobbying.

    Attorney Cleta Mitchell

    Numerous grassroots organizations (including many tea parties) are 501(c)(4)s, and many prominent conservatives see the proposed rules as an attempt to shut down such groups as the Tea Party Patriots, the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.
    The new rules would remove tax-exempt status for certain political activities by redefining them as “candidate-related political activity.”
    According to Mitchell, who represents a number of the tea-party groups targeted by the IRS, these proposals would treat as candidate-related activities virtually everything that a 501(c)(4) normally does:

    • Grassroots lobbying

    • Candidate forums

    • Candidate debates

    • Voter registration

    • Voting guides

    • Issue advocacy

    • Any public statements by officers of 501(c)(4)s that reference incumbents and candidates

    Additionally, any event at which any candidate for office appears within 30 days of a primary, or 60 days of a general election, would be automatically deemed a “candidate-related political activity.”
    The rules would also treat meetings with public officials as taxable events, even if the appearance was in an official capacity and not as a candidate.
    Mitchell said 501(c)(4) groups would be left with very little to do because almost everything would be a candidate-related political activity.
    She predicted it would force citizens to get their information about candidates from 30-second television ads and the media rather than from candidate debates, candidate forums and by seeing public officials face-to-face in town hall and other meetings.

    Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin

    Martin told WND, “It’s going to affect our ability to have free speech and hold members of Congress accountable.”
    “Speaking as one who’s been targeted by the IRS,” she said the regulations will severely hamper her groups members’ ability as citizens to coordinate with one another and understand what Congress is doing, and then to be able to decide when they need to hold Congress accountable.
    That’s because, Martin emphasized, “It costs money to get a big group of people together to research bills and find out what Congress is doing and then get the information out to people.”
    In the video below, Mitchell details how she believes the proposed IRS regulations would silence tea parties.

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    Confusion may arise over the 501(c)(4) designation because the IRS calls such groups “social welfare organizations,” which may conjure images of neighborhood watches or volunteer fire departments.
    In fact, on March 12, 2012, Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Al Franken, D-Minn., and five other
    Democrats signed a letter demanding the IRS target conservative groupsand impose tighter restrictions on 501(c)(4) groups affiliated with the tea parties because, they claimed, the groups were “masquerading as social welfare organizations.”

    And, sure enough, just a few months later, in September 2012, IRS Director of the Exempt Organizations Division

    Lois Lerner announced the agency “will consider proposed changes”in the regulations governing eligibility for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status because of complaints that some “social welfare” groups were being used too politically.
    That’s the same Lois Lerner who ended up, on May 10, 2013, apologizing for the IRS having inappropriately targeted conservative groups (such as 501(c)(4) tea parties) for years.
    After sparking the entire IRS scandal, Lerner then invoked her Fifth Amendment right on May 22, 2013, and again this year on March 5, rather than explain her actions to Congress.

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