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Government and Politics

Ohio tea party members prepare to sue the IRS
IRS investigation brings together local conservative groups to seek compensation and legal action

Karen Kasler
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As Congress and the Justice Department step into the scandal involving the IRS targeting of conservative groups, Ohio Tea Party members are paying close attention.


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Conservative groups are working with Maurice Thompson at the tea party-backed 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, preparing a lawsuit against the IRS. Thompson, executive director for the center, says the lawsuit will ask for compensation and for the legal force to make sure this kind of IRS action doesn’t happen again. 

“What we don’t mean to do is say that Republicans are angels and Democrats are demons in this case. The fact of the matter is that anybody who is drunk with political power is a demon who will violate the rights of those they seek to oppress and those who disagree with them. That’s why we have a Constitution is to protect the minority from the majority that is in power.”

Meanwhile, Portage County Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski was in Washington for a Congressional hearing on the scandal, which he says has happened too many times before.

"The problem is the IRS itself is a political tool.”

Thompson says it will take a while to put the lawsuit together because he’s still collecting information about which groups were affected. The IRS has acknowledged it asked for more information and delayed nonprofit designations for groups with names such as "Tea Party" and "We the People." 

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All Tea Party members should be involved in lawsuit against
Government for eavesdropping, intimidation and character assasination!

Posted by: Gordon Kelsey ( on June 11, 2013 4:06AM
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