Well now we are getting somewhere. For those of you who may have not been following the sorry saga of the Tea Parties v. IRS please see my previous articles. The most recent is here and you can work backwards.
In the previous installment the U.S Senate Committee on Finance sent a letter to Commissioner Douglas Shulman asking him to provide answers to key questions about the perceived intrusion and irregular questions demanded of Tea Parties applying for tax exempt status. Following on the heels is a letter from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) Chair, of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to Ms. Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations Division of the IRS asking her to provide specific answers in detail of the IRS’ inordinate scrutiny of Tea Parties. The text of the letter is below:
Notice the date of the letter is March 27 and the Congressmen are giving Ms. Lerner until April 16 to comply, the same amount of time the IRS has given the Tea Parties to “comply” with answering their detailed, intrusive questions. Don’t you love sweet justice? And that isn’t the best part. Rep. Issa & Jordan also instruct Ms. Lerner:
In preparing your answers to these questions, please answer each question individually and include the text of each question with your response.
This again is the exact same manner the IRS has *demanded* the Tea Parties to respond. Hey, turn about is fair play IRS. 😀
Tom Zawistowski, whose Ohio Liberty Council started the ball rolling with his *we will NOT comply* letter to the IRS released this presser today, excerpted below:
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Liberty Council welcomed the letter sent by Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and California Congressman Darrell Issa, from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to Ms. Louis Lerner, Director, Exempt Organizations Division, of the Internal Revenue Service. The letter, which was made available to the Ohio Liberty Council last night, was mailed on March 27, 2012, and states that “the IRS must apply the same criteria for all organizations applying for tax exempt status”. It goes on to state that news reports suggest that the “IRS effort lacks balance, with conservative organizations being the target of the IRS’s heightened scrutiny.” The letter then requests that the IRS provide documentation and communications between the IRS and groups seeking tax-exempt status so that the committee can be assured that the IRS has the authority to ask the questions they are asking of conservative groups and that the same standards are being applied to all groups equally.
You can read the full presser here.
At last count there were over 50,000 signatures on the ACLJ website on their petition to investigate the IRS’s activities. This is a great lesson in how people and organizations in times of crisis can pull together and accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Thank you to all the Tea Parties, their courageous leaders, Congress and Jay Sekulow’s ACLJ for all your hard work.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks