IRS to give account for targeting conservatives

Monday, October 24, 2016
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Lady of JusticeA Christian legal group recently scored a legal victory against the IRS, which was ordered to issue outstanding determinations and answer for its political targeting of conservative groups and citizens to whom it unjustly denied tax exemptions for years.

Under the Obama administration, the Internal Revenue Service has been accused for years of targeting those with traditional values and other conservatives who stand in opposition to the White House’s progressive political agenda.

Right-leaning nonprofit organizations – including grassroots and Tea Party groups – were subjected to more scrutiny by the Obama-led agency than those adhering to politically correct liberal ideologies embraced by the administration.

Finally holding the IRS accountable

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) was pleased to announce last week its latest victory against the agency many Americans love to hate.

“Three years after we filed a lawsuit on their behalf – and for some, nearly seven years after they submitted their applications for tax-exempt status – the grassroots conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS for their political views are finally receiving some of the relief to which they have long been entitled – determinations on those applications.”

After the IRS refused to change its unlawful discriminatory dealings with conservatives by continuing its abuse of the system through punishing those not embracing the administration’s Leftist politics, the lawsuit filed against it pressed forward in the courts.

“In early August, the federal appellate court for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the plaintiffs who filed suit in Linchpins of Liberty, et al. v. United States, et al. in 2013 had set forth allegations sufficient to obtain actual evidence about the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants based on their names and political positions,” the ACLJ reported. “The D.C. Circuit thus reversed the decision of the district court (which had previously dismissed the claims on the grounds that the IRS had apparently ceased the targeting conduct) and sent the case back to the lower court, explaining that the IRS had failed to demonstrate that either the targeting scheme, or its effects on plaintiffs, had actually ended.”

ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow maintains that the court was no longer willing to allow the IRS to drag its feet – ordering it provide information about its alleged shady dealings targeting conservative groups over the years.

“[Earlier this month], District Judge Reggie B. Walton held a status conference to resume the lower court proceedings in the case,” Sekulow announced. “While the IRS’s attorney, once again, took the position that most of the claims are moot because most of the plaintiff organizations have received determinations, the court picked up where the D.C. Circuit left off, and ordered that the IRS cease delaying determinations on any outstanding tax-exempt applications of Tea Party groups and other grassroots organizations. He gave the IRS 30 days to comply.”

Worth the wait

Some of those represented in the ACLJ’s suit have been waiting since the early years of the Obama administration’s first term to hold the IRS accountable and get justice.

“It will be seven years this December since one of our clients awaiting a final determination – Albuquerque Tea Party – submitted its tax-exempt application,” Sekulow pointed out. “Another client – Unite in Action – has been waiting six and a half years since filing its application in May 2010.”

Now, the expectant conservatives are eager to see how the IRS will respond.

“As a result of Judge Walton’s order, these years-long application processes are finally concluding, and the organizations are receiving the review and determinations they deserve,” the legal expert informed. “This is a major victory.”

No more shady dealings

Righting the wrong, the court is demanding that the IRS provide an account of its treatment of the plaintiffs, along with evidence of its reparations for its unjust dealings.

“Judge Walton also agreed with our position – affirmed by the appellate court – that the IRS cannot obtain dismissal of the case simply by issuing the remaining determinations, but must also produce evidence showing that any negative effects of the targeting on plaintiffs have been completely and irrevocably eradicated,” Sekulow continued. “Specifically, we urged – and the court agreed – the IRS must answer such questions as: What was the determination process prior to the targeting? How and why did the targeting begin? What treatment did plaintiffs’ applications receive during the targeting? What assurances are currently in place that plaintiffs will not suffer further retaliation or discriminatory treatment at the hands of the IRS?”

The order works to keep the IRS from inflicting its punishment on conservatives so it no longer allows the agency to deny them the tax exemptions to which they are entitled under the law. The IRS is now no longer able to covertly penalize Right-leaning Americans under the directive of the Obama administration – which let it function without accountability. Furthermore, the order ensures that the IRS will be operated with transparency –  the same type of transparency that President Barack Obama assured Americans on his campaign trail that his administration would demand of its agencies.

“As a result of this order, the IRS will, at long last, be required to disclose the details of the lawless and unconstitutional Tea Party targeting scheme,” the head of ACLJ explained. “The court’s requirement that the IRS give account for its conduct is a tacit acknowledgment that plaintiffs – as well as the American public – deserve honesty and transparency from their government.”

The nationally recognized Christian leader and radio host – whose D.C.-based legal group has collected approximately 200,000 electronic signatures on its Petition to End IRS Abuse – insists that it was worth the wait to finally see the IRS under scrutiny.

“We are pleased that the court has taken this first step and look forward to a resolution of this case that will hopefully include the first judicial acknowledgment of the unmistakably unconstitutional nature of the IRS’s egregious political targeting of U.S. citizens,” Sekulow shared.

His legal assistance is helping to bring justice to dozens of conservative organizations attacked by the IRS in nearly half of the states.

“Since 2013, the ACLJ has represented more than 41 groups from 22 states across the country in our lawsuits against the IRS,” Sekulow recounted. “Today, we represent 38 groups in federal court, seeking to hold the IRS and Obama Administration officials accountable.”

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