May 29th, 2013
01:00 PM ET
11 months ago

Conservative group takes IRS, top Obama officials to court

Washington (CNN) - A prominent conservative legal advocacy group will file a lawsuit on Wednesday against top Internal Revenue Service and Obama administration officials, claiming the constitutional rights of 25 organizations were violated when the IRS targeted conservative outfits seeking tax-exempt status.

The Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice will argue in a federal district court filing that the First and Fifth Amendment rights of the organizations were violated by the targeting, according to an ACLJ official. The group will also contend the IRS violated its own regulations, the official noted.

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  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Good. Maybe then there will be a full examination of their tax exempt status.

    May 29, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    I'll give 50-1 odds that the feds "settle" this out of court.

    May 29, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Tabeth

    Wake up America!

    when they are caught in avoiding tax, they file a lawsuit!

    May 29, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    LOL. The fact that they target these officials puts the lie to the whole thing. They just want scalps and are not actually seeking a redress of grievances they honestly believe they have. They want blood and they want to target particular people in the administration, just to target them and then use that as an excuse to try to abuse the discovery procedures to do exactly what Issa is doing: witch hunt fishing expeditions. Just more proof that the GOPers/Teatrolls in congress and out are not "searching for answers": they've already decided what the answers are and will consider their inability to accumulate proof that they are correct to be proof that it's being covered up.

    May 29, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. just sayin

    i can hardly wait until the irs has to come clean during discovery and all of their dirty dealings are exposed.

    May 29, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    Now the rigties are going after the IRS for looking into groups trying to get tax exemption they don't qualify for, and going after the Atourney General for trying to stop leaks of sensitive government data.

    As much as I disdain Dick Cheney, he did have the guts to stand up for his beliefs, however wrong they may have been.
    Gutless Democrats just apologize, for doing the right thing.

    May 29, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The actual activities of most of these groups is just cause for close investigation. They don't "endorse" candidates, but they do publish "recommendations" and "voter guides'" it's on their web sites.

    May 29, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    So this conservative idiots want to EVADE TAX??? Nonsense, pathetic.

    May 29, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Obama administration = MASSIVE, MASSIVE SCANDALS.

    May 29, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I'm not a conservative, but in my opinion, the law should be applied fairly and equally regardless of political affiliation or any other factors.

    Stuff like this not only lowers the integrity and trust we have in our own government, but also lowers our standards amongst other countries. What example are we setting for other countries.

    A few weeks ago, Lance Armstrong was being prosecuted for cheating, now what about the IRS and those responsible for this.

    May 29, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. bcrunner

    Why didn't they name the IRS commissioner at the time also? Aha!! I see... he is a Republican!!

    May 29, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    I'll give 50-1 odds that the feds "settle" this out of court.
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    I'll give you 50-1 odds that the patriots will "settle" this out of court, just to keep the facts out of the public domain.

    May 29, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. bcrunner

    @Liberal Sense: Massive, massive scandals? really? Because under the IRS commissioner appointed by Bush, some low level employees gave extra scruity (as bad as that is) to certain organizations, is an Obama scandal? Aren't you reaching just a bit???

    May 29, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Bill/FL

    Remember the golden rule, the man with the gold makes the rules. Democrats make the rules up as they go. And, Republicans just continue to play along with the Democrats rules. Time to change the rules.
    Republicans must go on offense.

    CEOs go to jail for breaking the IRS and SEC rules.

    Time to flip the equation. Time to send IRS to jail. No one is above the law, including those who make the law or enforce it.

    May 29, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Bill/FL

    Where is the real honest leadership?

    May 29, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    The tea trolls were spawned from koch brothers money. There is plenty of information on their use of money for political reasons.
    Why should they be exempt?

    May 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Donna

    Fair is Fair
    I'll give 50-1 odds that the feds "settle" this out of court.
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    I totally disagree. At this point it is about the principal. It has been 3 years for many of these groups and their application was never acted on, one way or the other. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to purge the IRS of its leftwing elements. Lois Lerner has proven their dangerous grip on the IRS extends very high up. No conservative American is safe until the IRS has been purged of its radical leftist employees giving the American people the shaft, I mean "bad service".

    May 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "I'll give 50-1 odds that the feds "settle" this out of court."

    I'm thinking more like standing issues and some dismissals of major parts of it. The obvious headhunting that they're engaged in is baseless and borderline frivolous.

    May 29, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The overreach by the Internal Revenue Service is not only extremely disturbing but it is unconstitutional as well,"
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    Oy vey! This is the same thing they said when they took the adminsitration to court over Obamacare.

    May 29, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. eloc35

    My question is why does the left/liberal assume the tea party/eighties are tax evading? What proof do they have? I thought the IRS admitted they were targeting conservatives. They didn't admit they were targeting liberal groups. Just groups with certain names (they assumed) that they thought were conservative names. How are they evading paying taxes when they never even got the chance to do it. Why is my question?

    May 29, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "i can hardly wait until the irs has to come clean during discovery and all of their dirty dealings are exposed."

    You do realize I could basically write the interrogatories and requests for production of documents, maybe some requests for admissions, to be served on these Teatrolls this afternoon, do a sloppy job of it, and still have them scared and throwing a fit about what they might have to make public about their operations, whether they truly deserve 501(c)(4) status and various other aspects of their supposed "social welfare" activities, don't you? This is a double-edged sword and in their haste to go a-head-hunting, it seems to me they've exposed themselves to a lot of potential agony.

    Let's start with whether they even have standing. Were they really, actually aggrieved by agency process? Really? Prove it...show us all the finances and what they spent your money on and prove to us that it didn't deserve scrutiny and that the supposed delay in receiving their certification as a 501(c)(4) organization (which they did receive, so even that begs the question of whether they were damaged) damaged them in a cognizable, quantifiable manner. These guys aren't the only ones who get to pull out a shovel and start digging here. Bring it on.

    May 29, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to purge the IRS of its leftwing elements."

    LOL. Derpa derpa!

    May 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "i can hardly wait until the irs has to come clean during discovery and all of their dirty dealings are exposed."

    Me neither. I could write sloppy interrogatories and requests for docs this afternoon and have these Teatrolls reconsidering whether they really want to go through with this suit. This is a double-edged sword and the Teatrolls might want to think twice about who could end up cut here.

    May 29, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Donna wrote:

    I totally disagree. At this point it is about the principal. It has been 3 years for many of these groups and their application was never acted on, one way or the other.
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    Most of the groups deserved more scrutiny than what they received, and some were approved that never should have been. If you don't believe me, then go visit some of their web sites. The "NorCal Tea Party Patriots" had posted "voter guides" for their member patriots to "take into the voting booths" on Election Day 2012.

    Actually, the end result of the scrutiny is that most of the groups were bumped to the head of the line, and GOT APPROVED faster than what they might have ordinarily been. Apparently, someone at the IRS wanted to find a way to expedite applicaitons so that there would not be politically motivated complaints.

    Unfortunately, taking a look at many of the conservative applciations revealed patterns of behavior that would disqualify them, so questions were aksed, which is what should have happened. Some folks were using the organizations as private corporations, which paid no income taxes.

    May 29, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    bcrunner

    @Liberal Sense: Massive, massive scandals? really? Because under the IRS commissioner appointed by Bush, some low level employees gave extra scruity (as bad as that is) to certain organizations, is an Obama scandal? Aren't you reaching just a bit???
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    I don't care what party it is. It's the government PERIOD. BOTH PARTYS. Pull your head out and you might realize it. Not reaching at all.

    May 29, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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