Tea Party Groups Sue IRS, Obama Admin. for Unlawful Targeting
On Wednesday, twenty-five Tea Party and conservative groups sued the IRS and Obama administration officials for inappropriately targeting them. Ten groups are demanding tax-exempt status and more groups may be added to the suit in the future.
Jay Sekulow, whose American Center for Law and Justice is representing the groups, said the "IRS and the federal government are not going to get away with this unlawful targeting of conservative groups,” and the "lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRA and the Obama Administration – including the White House: Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government.”
According to NBC News, the "suit asks for a declaratory judgment that the defendants," including Lois Lerner, the embattled chief of the tax-exempt division “unlawfully delayed and obstructed” applications for tax-exempt status.
The lawsuit also "asks for monetary damages, protection for the plaintiffs from further IRS targeting and tax-exempt status for 10 of the conservative groups with applications still outstanding."
Sekulow said contrary to what the White House and top IRS officials have claimed, he has proof requests for information about some of the groups he is representing came from IRS headquarters in Washington and that the targeting continued long after the White House and the IRS claimed it stopped in May of 2012.