Right Side News has reported on a disturbing request from the IRS that has been received by a number of tea party groups.
The IRS can doubtless defend it as I suspect they can and do ask such questions of any organization seeking or having 501c4 status. But they have requested an impossibly short turnaround time.
This action has doubtless been spurred by a letter sent to the IRS by a number of extreme leftist U.S. senators, although the letter is probably the pretext rather than the genesis of the action. In-other-words, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the administration has planned a large-scale assault on tea parties. If so they would ask for some kind of inquiry from the senators to wash their hands of it and make it appear legitimate.
Notice in the letter that the senators fail to identify any particular group. It would be telling to know if they have asked similar questions of an equal number of left-wing organizations and demanded similar turnaround. Of course leftwing C4 groups like CASA de Maryland’s CASA in Action would probably have gotten a long-lead heads-up from their allies in Congress and given their resources and familiarity with the non-profit world would have been able to prepare their responses well in advance.
Remember this is one large, organic, mass movement. While they appear independent, they all speak with the same voice. And it is a uniformly anti-American voice.
Monday, 27 February 2012 06:15 Colleen Owens
Richmond, Va | RightSideNews.com | In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Party groups across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Party groups in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio and Texas (we are hearing of more daily). There are several common threads to these letters: all are requesting more information from these independent Tea Parties in regard to their nonprofit 501c4 applications (for these types of nonprofit, donations are not deductible). While some of the requests are reasonable, much of them are strikingly onerous and, dare I say, Orwellian in nature.
I would appreciate it if you could forward this, but read it first and make sure you smell a rat too.