Skip to comments.California tea party group files class-action lawsuit against the IRS
Posted on 05/21/2013 7:40:38 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
A California tea party group sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, saying it was among the conservative organizations the federal government targeted for special scrutiny because of its political positions. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, seeks the certification of a class action, which could open the floodgates for as many as 300 other right-wing groups to join the legal effort.
NorCal Tea Party Patriots, based in Colfax, California, told the court that the IRS discriminated against it because of the beliefs of its members, subjecting it to 'a lengthy and costly delay in recognition of their tax-exempt status, and the required disclosure of the personal political beliefs, writings, thoughts, and activities' of its members.
NorCal's website describes its members as 'volunteers who simply love their country and want to save it from a tyrannical takeover.'
Ginni Rapini, the group's founding president, told KGO-ABC7 in San Francisco last week that the IRS made unreasonable demands when she applied for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status for the organization.
'They wanted every email I had ever sent out,' she said. 'They wanted the transcripts of every speech from any speaker at any event, meeting or anything that we had had.'
Like hundreds of other groups, she waited for more than two years while her application sat in the IRS's Cincinnati, Ohio office, never hearing from the agency why it was being delayed. NorCal's tax-exempt status was granted in August 2012, nearly 29 months after the application was filed.
The delays were unreasonable, according to the federal lawsuit, 'because if their tax-exempt status had been ultimately denied they would have been forced to retroactively file tax returns and pay taxes and penalties for up to two years while their applications were pending.'
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California tea party group files class-action lawsuit against the IRS, seeks damages for discrimination, cites 'intensive and intrusive scrutiny' in tax-exemption process
A Tea Party in Kaliforna?! Maybe there is hope for that state after all...
The Chi/mobsters in the WH have their con game down pat. These practiced WH con artists oozed out of the muck and mire of Chicago criminal politics and known every trick in the book.
Clearly, the con artists have a sub rosa unit deep in the bowels of te WH that surfs the net to chart the buzzwords conservatives are using to describe Ohaha---they then cunningly formulate their strategy based on our own buzzwords.
Thus FOX reporter Rosen is tagged as treasonous for merely doing his job---while Ohaha sits untouched atop a pile of treasonus scandals.
sue the government-lotta good it’s gonna do.
There is a 405/605 Tea Party that represents Long Beach and Seal Beach, two politically distinct areas.
Unfortunately when Romney won the nomination many of them bailed.
I am with the El Dorado Hills Tea Party Group and we work with the Nor Cal Group.
I know Ginni and Mark Meckler. They are a very talented and dedicated group and will not let this go away.
The American Left controls the court system.
So good luck with that.
Dude, Tea Party Patriots was founded in California (Northern CA, to be precise). And uh, there’s this website called FreeRepublic...
I know FR was founded in California but they are the exception. By and large they’re the exception with so much Hollywierdness out there incluing Feinstein, Boxer, Schwarznegger, and many more out there i can’t stand, etc...now if you’re a FReeper from CA I don’t put you in the same category...: )
Discovery will be a hoot. Maybe in fifteen years and after a few million dollars they’ll get a settlement.
That's a pretty fair bit of California you have chosen to disparage.
When you donate directly to a candidate, your name and the amount of the donation is a matter of public record. The 501C4 was set up such that those who wanted to exercise free speech could do so in anonymity. Right or wrong, I believe that to be the law.
So, the mere request by the IRS to provide donor lists would seem to me to be violating the law. I’m not a lawyer, but I’d be interested in knowing the truth about this.
I was just told that there is a protest by Tea Party people in front of the IRS building in Evansville, IN! Wish I was there instead of at work!
Lots of us Tea Partiers here in the Golden State.
Years ago, after Billy Boy’s second victory, I had a Cali acquaintance tell me that if they could count state voting similar to the electoral college, he would easily have lost the state. If you look at most elections there, Dems win in the two big metro areas and maybe Marin County, but the rest of the state is Republican.
Just like the rest of the country, Dems get their votes from the dumbed-down, packed-in urban crowds and Repubs usually win in the areas where schooling is proper and work ethic is required and respected.
I’d rather trust a country man than a town man
You can judge by his eyes, take a look if you can
He’ll smile through his guard
Survival trains hard
I’d rather trust a man who works with his hands
He looks at you once, you know he understands
Don’t need any shield
When you’re out in the field.
I was there. About a hundred people. You should have heard the horns honking and the thums up from passers by.
There was three liberals across the street taking pictures.... so, this one guy standing next to went over to ask them to come join us. When he came back he said they were “flaming liberals”
I turned him on to Free Republic.
Awesome! I do love Free Republic. I tell everyone I know about this website. I still can not figure out the “liberal” mindset. I imagine we are paying for them to not work, get their foodstamps and welfare. I have no patience for people like that at all. Thank you so much for going to the rally.
Oh I’m sorry, I forgot - California is the most conservative state in the entire union.
My mistake, please forgive me. :)
If I were a lib in California, I wouldn’t be afraid of you either.
But don’t feel bad: libs aren’t afraid of us anywhere in this country or the IRS wouldn’t be strangling us.
You have quite apparently never been to Modoc or Butte Counties.
So who am I disparaging now?
Oh, how about Jim Robinson?
Clueless. There's a cheese in charge of a $10 million a year lab at a prestigious nearby university who'd beg to differ. Seeing as they push most of the environmental initiatives in the entire Western US...
But I'm wasting my breath. Have a nice day.
Instead of lecturing me with your snide little holier than thou speeches - how about you go argue with the libs?
I don’t understand why I catch more hell from my fellow conservatives than I do liberals.
While you’re sitting on your ass, being the smartest, most observant person in the room the left is taking over your government.
You live in California? Where your legislature is 2/3 liberal Democrat? Where your governor is liberal Democrat? Where both of your Federal Senators are liberal Democrat? Where most of your Federal House members are liberal Democrat?
I don’t know what to say to you.
On another thread there is a story about the IRS in California has seized 60 million health records and won’t give them back because they know nothing will be done to them. The records include all judges and court house staff.
But I’m sure the Tea Parties suing in California will still get a fair day in court, right?