Under the Obama administration, the IRS felt at liberty to ask conservative groups applying for nonprofit status all manner of invasive and inappropriate questions. They requested lists of donors and even went so far as to ask about the reading habits of group members.
And as recently as last month, the IRS publicly released taxpayer return information in relation to one of its outstanding cases… information that is supposed to be protected.
After seven years of waiting, being illegally targeted by the IRS, and being asked questions it never should have been, the Albuquerque Tea Party received its final decision from the IRS. Its nonprofit status was denied.
The IRS has admitted that it singled groups out because of their political viewpoints and made them jump through hoops not faced by other groups.
It’s a sad day when government agencies violate the First Amendment rights of American citizens. It’s even sadder when the agency drags an unpleasant situation out for years. Hopefully this is all coming to an end, but I encourage you to keep an eye on the IRS and other government agencies. If you suspect an abuse of power, let your congressman know. Let me know, too, so I can bring it to the attention of our readers.
You can read more about the IRS’s shameful treatment of tea party groups right here.