IRS ‘knocked tea party off its mission’
The TEA party did seem to get a lot quieter during 2012.
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The IRS and the entire Obama administration are under scrutiny after revelations last week that hundreds of conservative organizations suffered undue harassment and intrusion by the IRS after applying for tax-exempt status – and now at least one tea-party leader tells WND the scandal interfered with with his group’s mission.
Groups with “tea party” or “patriot” were especially targeted. Larry Nordvig, executive director of the Richmond Tea Party, explained to WND how he first suspected the IRS was going far beyond its normal duties in delaying and demanding information from the group.
“There were two things that tipped us off,” he said. “No. 1 was the length of time. Our organization figured it would take maybe six months to a year. We were willing to put up with that. They do need to take a good, hard look to make sure you are who you say you are. That’s fine. That’s legitimate. But after it went past a year, it felt like stonewalling, especially when you’re coming up on over two years. The time element was one.
Nordvig continued, “The second thing that tipped us off was the second round of questions that they sent and that was a 12-group set of a total of about 55 questions. But those questions had sub-questions, and those sub-questions had bullets. It was extremely hard information to try to dig up. It produced over 500 pages of documents, and they only gave us two weeks to do it. We knew something was wrong right there.”