The new IRS commissioner brought in to clean up the corrupt bureaucracy responsible for targeting grassroots conservative groups and infringing upon ordinary Americans’ constitutional freedoms admits that the targeting has not stopped.
Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before the House Appropriations subcommittee this week, admitted that nearly a dozen grassroots conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status are still awaiting determination.
One thing is clear – the unelected and corrupt IRS bureaucracy continues to infringe upon our basic freedoms.
Commissioner Koskinen claimed that he has offered a path to tax-exempt status if these groups would agree to limit their overtly political activity. But the standard offered in this so-called compromise is arbitrary and continues to infringe upon fundamental freedoms. The offer asked our clients and other groups to agree to spend no more than 40% of their resources on political activity.
The Washington Times reported with more:
Mr. Koskinen's agency offered groups still awaiting approval a deal that they could get immediate approval if they promised to limit political activity to 40 percent of their budgets. Conservative lawyers, however, argue that the law and regulations suggest groups should be able to spend 49.9 percent of their money on political activity, and so agreeing to the 40-percent level would be ceding some of their rights to the government.
Jay Sekulow, chief council at the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents the Albuquerque Tea Party and at least one other group whose approval is still being blocked by the IRS, said the 40 percent deal wasn't much of a solution.
"The suggested 'path' that the IRS Commissioner suggests was available a couple of years ago was nothing more than an arbitrary standard that the agency unilaterally constructed out of thin air to placate Americans who have been unlawfully and unconstitutionally targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs," Mr. Sekulow said
He said they will continue to pursue their lawsuit against the IRS.
"The IRS remains an agency incapable of self-governance or self-correction. Our federal lawsuit is moving forward," Mr. Sekulow said.
Surrendering one's constitutional rights is not a solution.
This so-called solution was deeply flawed and did nothing to address and correct the real problem at the IRS: a pervasive and systematic assault on conservative organizations. Our federal lawsuit is moving forward on an appeal to stop this abusive targeting scheme and to hold those responsible for this disturbing conduct accountable. There is now a criminal investigation underway in the unconstitutional IRS targeting scheme.
We still represent two 501(c)4 groups that have not yet been approved. One of these—the Albuquerque Tea Party—has been waiting for more than 5 years to receive a determination, despite providing hundreds of pages of evidence to the IRS.
Join with us as we stand up for these organizations in court and demand an independent prosecutor to investigate the IRS.
We're taking on the unlimited resources of the Obama Admin. in federal court to hold the abusive IRS accountable. Have your gift doubled. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.
Your data is secure. Learn More »
As President Trump focuses on implementing changes across the federal government, there’s one agency that desperately needs his attention – and his penchant for change – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For many years now, we have been battling a corrupt IRS in federal court. This is a lawless...
After eight years of battling the Obama Administration’s regulatory abuse at the FCC, we are excited about the new chairman appointed by the Trump White House being poised and ready to bring regulatory reforms that we’ve been championing at the ACLJ for years. Earlier this week, The Hill ran a...
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a trademark case, Lee v. Tam . You may be asking yourself, why does the American Center for Law and Justice care about trademark law? In this case, we most certainly do: at issue is the ability of government to supervise – and penalize –
As we continue our fight at the ACLJ against the lawless, unconstitutional Obama Administration’s IRS targeting of grassroots conservatives, we are achieving important victories. But the fight also continues in federal court to ensure justice for all 38 of our clients from 22 states across the...