Lawsuit accuses IRS of violating the Bill of Rights
May 30, 2013

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A defense for the Bill of Rights came alive yesterday as 25 Tea Party groups struck back at the Internal Revenue Service for the gross persecution of their rights.

A constitutional law firm representing these groups sued the Internal Revenue Service and top Obama officials, claiming the IRS effectively denied their tax-exempt status by unlawfully delaying their applications. In its district court filing, the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice accused the IRS of a “comprehensive, pervasive, invidious, and organized scheme” to violate the First and Fifth Amendments rights of Tea Party members in a spectacle of suppression more fitting to the Dark Ages.

“The IRS and the federal government are not going to get away with this unlawful targeting of conservative groups,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “As this unconstitutional scheme continues even today, the only way to stop this flagrant and arrogant abuse of our clients’ rights is to file a federal lawsuit, which we have done. The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRS and the Obama Administration – including the White House: Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government. They will not be subjected to unconstitutional treatment and unlawfully singled out and punished because of their ideological beliefs. Those responsible for this unprecedented intimidation ploy must be held accountable.”

The lawsuit accuses the IRS of not only violating the Bill of Rights, but also their very own rules and regulations, a sure sign of the unlawfulness creeping into the very foundation of our constitutional republic.

A constitutional republic worth fighting for, and these 25 Tea Party groups are doing so right now.

Read the lawsuit here

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