Members of the Liberty Twp. Tea Party organization say they are beyond frustrated with the Internal Revenue Services handling of their tax-exempt status request.
Nine Tea Party organizations, including the Liberty Twp. group, are still awaiting a response from the IRS, according to Gene Kapp, a spokesman for the American Center for Law and Justice.
Congress and the Justice Department are investigating whether the IRS improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections. A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the IRS, rejecting a request by the federal government to dismiss all the allegations that the agency subjected conservative groups to additional, often burdensome scrutiny.
Whether that lawsuit will be continued or dismissed will be known any day now, Kapp said.
The U.S. government filed a motion to dismiss our lawsuit some time ago, he said. We, of course, filed our response opposing the motion to dismiss. We expect a decision by a federal judge any day now regarding that motion.
Liberty Twp. Tea Party applied for tax-exempt status in January 2011.
I have moved beyond frustration with governments inability to process paper work in a timely manner, said Susan McLaughlin, a member of the Liberty Twp. Tea Party. I have lost any trust or expectation of fairness in the federal government. My naivet in believing the government would follow their own rules has been replaced with anger and suspicion.
Katy Kern is more to the point saying how the group feels: I dont think we are frustrated, I think we are pissed off.
We refuse to back down or be intimidated, Kern said. Somebody has to stand up to the bullies and we are glad that there are 8 other tea parties w the stones to do it.