WASHINGTON – Jay Devereaux hadn’t paid much attention to the daily
drumbeat of partisan politics in D.C. He wasn’t a Washington nerd, and
didn’t know who said what during congressional hearings -- nor did he care.
But when news broke that the government was using taxpayer money to bail out
Wall Street banks, he started paying attention and didn’t like what he was
Jay Devereaux of Unite in Action, a Tennessee tea party group, became emotional when he spoke about applying for tax-exempt status. He filed with the IRS for his group in March of 2010 and has not been cleared yet. In January 2012, he received a letter from the IRS seeking his donors' names. Instead of complying, he posted the letter on his group's website, he said, which hurt contributions. Donors don't want to give to groups perceived to be in trouble with the IRS.
Conservative groups from across the country are named in the federal
lawsuit, among them: Allen Area Patriots of Lucas, Texas, Unite In Action of
Livonia, Mich., Greenwich Tea Party Patriots of South Jersey, and the Shelby
County Liberty Group of Sidney, Ohio.
WASHINGTON – A Washington advocacy group filed a lawsuit on Wednesday
against the IRS and top Obama administration officials on behalf of 25 Tea
Party-related groups, marking the biggest lawsuit to date over the tax
agency's practice of targeting conservatives for additional scrutiny.
ACLJ FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST IRS ON BEHALF OF 25 TEA PARTY GROUPS
(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice today filed a
significant lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. on behalf of 25 Tea
Party and conservative organizations against the U.S. Attorney General,
Treasury Secretary, and Internal Revenue Service - including top IRS
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Case 1:13-cv-00777 Document 1 Filed 05/29/13