By Patrick Temple-West, Reuters.com
A senior Internal Revenue Service official on Wednesday put a number for the first time on how many political groups, including some "Tea Party" organizations, have gained IRS tax-exempt status In recent years. . . .
Some Tea Party groups have received extensive questionnaires from the IRS as part of their tax-exempt applications. The questions ask, for instance, about groups' donors and contribution amounts, said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative legal group representing some Tea Party organizations.
Eight of the 25 Tea Party groups represented by the ACLJ have gotten tax-exempt status, he said. Other applications have been pending for two years. . . .
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