Tea Party Demands Answers from the IRS

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG -- For each person who signs the petition on

Teapartyexpress.org

, the site sends out a letter like this.

Part of the petition demands, "congressional hearings to investigate this blatant attempt to intimidate conservatives and silence political dissent. The Obama administration and the IRS must be held accountable for targeting conservatives."

Joshua Huffman is a member of the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party board of directors, he says he's signing the petition because he experienced firsthand the agency's discrimination.

"Things like how much time do you spend volunteering for the tea party? Do you get paid for what you do? Your previous political activism?," said Huffman, when asked what types of questions the IRS asked him when the Shenandoah Valley tea party group applied for non-profit status.

"You know have you ever run for public office before? Do you plan to run for public office? One of your relatives involved? I mean a lot of...and that's just kind of the tip of the iceberg there," said Huffman, detailing more questions that he was asked.

"Liberal groups also were subject to some of the same kind of scrutiny, there were a couple of groups in Texas that took at least eighteen months to get their tax status looked at, and got the same sort of questions," said Deb Fitzgerald, the Chair of Harrisonburg City Democratic party.

"Government should be held accountable for things that they do and again, I think they crossed the line here so yea, I'd like to make sure that this doesn't happen again," said Huffman.

The local IRS office refrained from commenting on the subject.

Tomorrow tea party groups nationwide plan on protesting in front of local IRS offices.


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