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May 16 2013

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The Tea Party Pushes Back Against the IRS

Please see links to stories and videos at bottom of blog.

Better late than never could be the slogan of the day.  Butler County Ohio’s Liberty Township Tea Party (LTTP) is in the eye of the storm of controversy over the IRS’s intrusive questioning of tea party and other conservative patriot groups.  Liberty Township Tea Party applied for 501 C3 status in 2010.  In 2011, the IRS issued their first set of intrusive questions, running 5 pages. Liberty Township Tea Party received a second set of questions in 2013.

Recent revelations indicate that the IRS harassment was not the action of a rogue, low level IRS employee; evidence is surfacing that suggests higher-ups in the IRS were made aware and involved as early as 2011. Further, we learn now the IRS divulged private information from some 30 conservative groups to a nonprofit liberal advocacy group, ProPublica.  LTTP board members believe our national government used tax agency bureaucrats to investigate people and groups because of their political beliefs and gave that private information to opposing groups.

Liberty Township Tea Party will join in a class action suit against the IRS and will be represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).  Representatives of the Liberty Township Tea Party board, Susan McLaughlin and Tim Salvaggio will attend a rally at the IRS on May 16 and attend the hearings in Washington DC on Friday May 17. Both the ACLJ and Liberty Township Tea Party will highlight a fundamental tenet of liberty that the power of the IRS should not be used to abridge American’s freedom of speech nor the right to peaceably assemble.

Media: Stories and video links to the IRS scandal with a local connection:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/16/books-media-interviews-and-phone-calls-tea-party-groups-describe-the-detailed-information-demanded-by-the-irs/

http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/liberty-township-tea-party-claims-irs-intimidation/-/13549970/20168488/-/5y1ljpz/-/index.html

http://www.fox19.com/story/22265631/four-cincy-irs-workers-not-two-allegedly-connected-to-scandal

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/05/ohio_tea_party_activists_upset.html

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/state/liberty-township-tea-party-to-join-class-action-lawsuit-against-the-internal-revenue-service

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/gateway-exclusive-heres-a-list-of-outrageous-and-intrusive-irs-questions-sent-to-ohio-tea-party-group/

The goal was intimidation, but the administration has underestimated the grit and passion of the Tea Party movement and the American people.  Liberty Township Board member Katy Kern sums it up best, “We’re street fighters, they aren’t gonna do it to us. Enough is enough, Government is run amok and the IRS is leading the pack.”

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