Approximately May 10, 2013, the IRS came forward to admit they had been specifically targeting Tea Party and Conservative organizations (note to media: NOT liberal organizations) which applied for tax exempt status. Despite their apology and their assurance that such activites have ceased, the Greater Phoenix Tea Party remains an organization whose 501c4 application has not been approved (or denied).
Our organization is represented by the American Center for
Law and Justice. Today in Federal Court, the ACLJ filed suit against
the United States (Eric Holder), the IRS, Secretary of the Treasury
(Jacob Lew), Deputy Commissioner IRS (Steven Miller), Director of Exempt
Organization IRS (Lois Lerner), and other named and yet to be named
defendants in their official and individual capacities on behalf of the
Greater Phoenix Tea Party and several similar organizations across the
country. The ACLJ made the determination of complaints that should be
made and we agreed with their choices--there are three elements to the
complaint (summation not actual text of complaint follows):
1) Declaratory judgement sought that the defendants
unlawfully delayed applications by means of unconstitutional criteria
in violation of the Plantiff's First and Fifth Amendment Rights
2) Compensatory and punitive damages
3) Permanent injuctive relief from discriminatory or
retalitory action against the Plaintiffs pertaining to past and future
actions by the agency.
We will post the entire text of the complaint shortly.
It should take no special courage to go to court and demand
accountability from the IRS; they are public servants--they work for us.
Yet nearly all Americans have become terrified of the agency and the
threat of a potential audit by which they could have their property
seized and face fines and prison time if their documentation isn't just
right. Ironically, the head of the IRS testified before Congress saying
that their agency was sloppily run--we their employers are not
currently afforded such excuses when facing an IRS review.
Unfortunately, the bureaucratic system that was allowed to
develop in this country over the years has insulated such organizations
from citizen oversight. The agency has been used as a political weapon
by FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, and others. It was used by Richard Nixon to
target those on his political enemies list and it lead to his
impeachment. Therefore, the present actions against the IRS must go
further than just a law suit regarding their discriminatory
practices--citizens must come forward while the light is shining on the
agency and demand oversight, reform, and even abolishment of the entire
system. We must also follow the trail up the ladder to find out from
where in this Administration the activity was initiated--appropriate
justice must then be dispensed. Call and write your Congressmen--visit
them in their offices. This issue cannot be allowed to be forgotten.
Our fellow citizens must wake up and recall that the US
Constitution restrains government--not citizens. Man is only free so
long as government is limited.
A dozen more groups may join the suit
Obama's brother got Non-profit status in just 34 days
ACLJ official statement