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Tea Parties harassed by IRS form Liberty Defense Foundation

Tea Parties harassed by IRS form Liberty Defense Foundation

Tea Parties across the country, the recipients of letters from the IRS demanding they produce reams of documents detailing every email, blog post, tweet, radio transcript, Facebook entry, and on, have banded together to share resources in defending their 501c4 applications.

The Liberty Defense Foundation is allowing the disparate groups to share recommendations for accountants and other services the groups will be requiring in order to comply with the demands of the IRS.

Toby Marie Walker of the Waco Tea Party has been instrumental in facilitating the communication between the groups–some so small that they meet only as book groups to read the Constitution and other founding documents. For them, the financial, emotional, and logistical burden of compliance is almost impossible to meet:

“They want to tax political speech,” said Walker. “If we don’t stand up for this who’s next–our churches? Our garden clubs? It’s kind of like McCarthyism–‘have you now or have you ever been a supporter of the Tea Party?'”

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is providing legal counsel to the Tea Parties pro bono. In the meantime, several lawmakers, including Cong. Flores, Renacci, Camp, Jordan, McClintock, and Issa have made multiple demands of their own from the IRS–and put a timetable of 28 days on a response. According to Walker, 28 days is the same amount of time the IRS gave Tea Parties to comply.

Walker added that what they need most at this point is public pressure to uncover why the IRS targeted these groups.

As the Tea Parties continue to advocate for smaller, responsible government the IRS proves the movement’s point by demonstrating the tyranny of an empowered federal bureaucracy.


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We know why. They’ve been directed by the Justice Department, which is run by a thug.

Is there any doubt that Obama and his administration are tyrants?

    Kenshu Ani in reply to Rick. | April 21, 2012 at 10:09 am


    “I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”

    He didn’t get an honorary degree from a university that he probably doesn’t care about; and it warranted this joke.

    The TEA parties are a clear threat to him and he does care about himself. Therefore, I don’t doubt for a second that the IRS was pushed into auditing TEA parties.

Write your reps. (if they are worth writing).

There are TEA Party rallies coming up here in Texas. This needs to be on the agendas.

    The Tea Party rallies are NOT staged events for the Republicans parties. Obviously, you never attended one. We boo ALL politicians who try to co-opt us.

    You would know that if you were a Tea Party conservative but you have proven yourself over the years to being a plant on blog threads for promoting the liberal GOP establishment. All roads lead to voting for liberal Democrats running as Republicans eh Raggie?

      Ragspierre in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Well, Fillie, you’ve lost your “mind”, well and truly.

      ‘Course, that was evident the other night when you wrote…

      “I maintain that the heart of both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street is the same.”

      and linked approving to..

      “The only way to redress the income imbalance is by implementing policies that are oriented toward reversing the forces that caused it. That means letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy and adding money to some of the programs that House Republicans seek to cut. Allowing this disparity to continue is both bad economic policy and bad social policy. We owe those at the bottom a fairer shot at moving up.”

      But you’ve also just gone mad here. Writing your reps is not subverting the TEA Party to the GOP. That’s just crazy.

      I know you hate me for outing you as a NOT Conservative, but hey…

      reality bites, son.

      dmacleo in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      uncalled for attack

      Tamminator in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      This in-fighting is exactly what the Left wants.
      Grow up.
      We need to stand together to defeat Barack Obama.
      Or this country is lost.

Sent the Liberty Defense Foundation a small donation. In the process, noticed they’re a 501(c)(4) organization, so guess I’ll be taking this and future donations off next year’s taxes.

But that’s just iceing in the cake – was donating anyway. 😀

    Anne Sorock in reply to barbara. | April 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Barbara that was very generous of you. I know one of their main concerns is being able to fly back and forth to meetings with their lawyers, and then being able to pay for the actual printing costs (toner, paper, packaging, postage) of the papers they have been forced to produce for the IRS.

Incipient Stalinism getting up to speed. Sickening and outrageous to contemplate in America, but completely natural to these people. This is how they think, how they expect the system to operate for them — they’re frustrated and angered when laws and traditions make their prerogatives and abuses inconvenient and difficult. In their world, tea parties are unnatural violations of the order, of the “great future” of total control they envision, and this understanding flows and slowly, finds vengeful form throughout their bureaucratic reality.

Nixon was accused of storing an “enemies’ list” and using the machinery of government to punish his opponents, but as the Heritage Foundation has written, the sophistication and intensity of Obama’s effort makes Nixon’s executive “wish list” look “quaint, legitimate and even routine.”

This is what tyranny looks like on its first legs. It’s also why I’m so depressed about the GOP and Romney, who, I sense, have no notion of what’s really going on and, even if they did, no resolve to confront it. Let me be proved wrong.

We should thank them because this will further inflame the ABO people and make pulling the lever for Romney very easy. Nothing galvanizes a disparate group of voters like the heavy hand of government.

Between the Justice Department and the GOP establishment, it’s hard to decide who is a more effective enemy to the Tea Party. I seem to find myself getting attacked on a daily basis by Republicans in my efforts to go after those evil liberals.

If the Republicans would just get out of the way, maybe we could finally take on those libs that the GOP is forever reaching across the aisle to in the spirit of comity and “civil discourse”. No civil discourse and civility when dealing with the Tea Party though.

StrangernFiction | April 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

Obama is just in over his head.

Meanwhile, American professors meet for OWS conference in… Tehran.

Enough said.

    Anne Sorock in reply to Uncle Samuel. | April 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    wow. no words.

    quiznilo in reply to Uncle Samuel. | April 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    When we finally gain control and get all those dictatorial powers that obama has set the precedent for, one of the first orders of business is ending the funding of leftist causes by government.

    This means ending public support of “Higher Education”, which in most cases (Cornell law department aside) is nothing more than state-funded indoctrination centers.

    Gone will be the days that we are forced to pick up the tab for this abomination.

    I’ll consider ending “subsidies” (tax breaks) for oil companies *after* we end “subsidies” (tax breaks) for “higher education”.

Speaking of:

-selective enforcement by the IRS

-boot on your neck federal government

-“tea party” members of the GOP controlled House

New Bill Authorizes IRS to Take Passports, Mandates Black Boxes in Cars

By my count, this will be the 3rd Bill that the so called “tea party House members and their GOP masters” will have passed that limits the freedom of citizens, and gives unprecedented power to the Executive branch.

    Ragspierre in reply to Browndog. | April 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Dog, you are jumping the gun a bit.

    It ain’t law yet, and you should be fighting it instead of sliming TEA Party members.


      Browndog in reply to Ragspierre. | April 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Here we go again….

      For the last time:

      I an NOT slamming tea party members, of which I am one, and have been from the very beginning.

      I am slamming the “historic” influx of House members that were elected as a result of the hard work of the tea party movement, only to get to Congress and vote for the same shit as if Pelosi was still Speaker-

      Yea, I’m a bit perturbed.

      Just a bit-

        Ragspierre in reply to Browndog. | April 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        I was ambiguous, Dog. Sorry.

        I meant TEA Party members of Congress.

        Write them. Be proactive. Let them hear your passion.

          quiznilo in reply to Ragspierre. | April 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

          “Tea Party” members are absolutely to be watched like hawks and destroyed politically if they take one step out of line.

          We owe them nothing, we sent them there to fight for what we believe in.

          They are not our friends, they have power over people’s lives that few of us will ever know. They are tools to be used to achieve a certain political goal, and they are to be discarded as soon as they have outlived their purpose.

          I despise the attitude that the GOP is paramount over the ideology, this is 180 degrees bass-ackward thinking.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | April 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          “We owe them nothing, we sent them there to fight for what we believe in.”

          I figure we DO owe them a piece of our minds at critical times, so they know what we expect.

          Seems a small thing to exercise yourself to do.

      raven in reply to Ragspierre. | April 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      “The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21 has already passed in the Senate and is expected to pass in the House. After that, it will receive President Obama’s signature.”

      Hardly jumping the gun. And these people aren’t tea party members, they’re frauds and progressive catspaws who ran on the backs of the grassroots insurgency only to sell it out at first opportunity.

Perhaps it is time for the IRS to check into Media Matters since they have just resubmitted their application for a 501 group, admitting that they are designed to attack “Christian” reporting that MMFA claims “slants” the news. (see for report)

Instead, Obama’s IRS will go after the Tea Parties that demand fudiciary responsibility from our government and leave gathering places cleaner than they found them. The left will continue to claim that OWS is their answer to the TEA Parties, along with the crime, scabies and trash that OWS provides to their cause.

“Radical” comes from Latin for “root”.

My approach is to make the IRS a tiny, pretty powerless Federal agency, as it used to be.

Scrap the tax code. Start with a clean sheet of paper.

The question in my mind is it any more information required than this?

This is the form all corporations applying for 501(c)4 status have had to file since 1998. As you can see it is rather invasive just a matter design. Uncle Sam doesn’t want to forgo any taxes if it can help it.

If they were applying for 501(c)3 status the paper work(since 2006) is much more arduous The older ones I have seen weren’t much easier.

As you can see just the regular paperwork is daunting and may be just be a shock to those who are uninitiated.

Of course this doesn’t preclude the IRS from kicking the thing back because they don’t feel you’ve been forthcoming enough.

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TeaPartyPatriot4ever | April 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

What else is new with Obama and the radical hard left liberals.. They are the enemies of Freedom and Liberty.

But do you think for a moment that the IRS, and other govt agency attacks against the grass roots Tea Party movement will stop if Romney is elected President.. Think again..

The liberal GOP Progressive Republican RINOs and the GOP establishment hates the Reagan Conservative Tea Party movement almost as much as the Obama and the radical hard left. Political Party affiliation is not going to stop and resolve the Tyranny and Oppression that is going on today. Only Reagan Constitutional Conservatism will do that, thus liberals from both sides of the political fence hates Reagan Conservatives and Conservatism, aka the Tea Party, aka the People.

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