Tea party witness shows what’s at stake in IRS targeting scandal
by Don McKee
June 04, 2013 11:44 PM | 2049 views | 9 9 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
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What’s at stake in the IRS tea-party-targeting scandal was laid out in a five-minute speech to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee yesterday by Becky Gerritson of the Wetumpka (Ala.) Tea Party.

After her opening remarks, Mrs. Gerritson told the committee:

“I’m not here as a servant or a vassal. I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born-free American woman, wife, mother and citizen, and I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well being and monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. The posts that you occupy exist to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty and you have faltered. The abuses I will discuss today occurred on your watch and it’s your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Reciting the facts of her case, she said an application was made to the IRS for tax exemption as a nonprofit in October 2010. Receipt of the application was acknowledged in a Nov. 2 letter from the IRS. “However, the IRS did not initiate any contact with us for another 459 days,” she said, when a letter came from the Cincinnati office asking for “approximately 90 pieces of additional information about our organization.”

“The demands for information in the questionnaire shocked me as someone who loves liberty and the First Amendment,” she said. “I was asked to hand over my donor list, including the amounts that they gave and the dates on which they gave them. 501(c)4 organizations do not have to disclose donor information. I knew that. Why don’t they?

“Among the demands that I found alarming and inappropriate were: They wanted me to identify all of my volunteers. They wanted to know if any of our donors or volunteers had run or would be running for office in the near future. Remember, this was the 2012 election cycle. They wanted us to identify the office they would be running for. They wanted us to provide the detailed contents of all speeches ever given, the names of our speakers and their credentials. They wanted copies of written communications and contents of all other forms of communications to any legislative body including my own representative.”

Within days she realized that her group was being targeted because other tea party organizers across the county were getting similar letters and questionnaires. Only after retaining legal counsel did the Wetumpka Tea Party receive approval of its application on March 16, 2012 — a stunning 635 days after applying.

“This is a willful act of intimidation to discourage a point of view,” she told the committee. “What the government did to our little group in Wetumpka, Alabama is un-American.” She concluded: “I’m not interested in scoring political points. I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in, the America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of — and I’m terrified it’s slipping away.”

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June 06, 2013
Blah, blah, blah. The TP is a tempest in a tea pot. they want tax exempt status as a "social welfare" organization??? Give me a break.
Pay your taxes
June 06, 2013
The law says that political groups must pay taxes. If Laura annd others don't believe in the law move to Canada already!
June 05, 2013
The question I WANT ASKED, is WHAT SOCIAL GOOD did these Conservative/Tea Party groups actually DO? That’s the only SCANDAL I see in this whole IRS mess…

As a matter of FACT, evidence shows most of these Conservative/Tea Party groups who got tax exempt status were knee deep in POLITICS! The likes of the Koch Bros. Karl Rove and Dick Army convinced Conservative wackos to break the law and now guess who’s going to get punished… and it’s sure not going to be the f***’n rich guys.

I try not to think about it too much… it’s too painful and nauseating finding Progressive Democratic tax dollars were used so the Conservative wacko useful tools make sure silver spoon trust fund babies can buy another gold toilet seat.


Laura Armstrong
June 05, 2013
Oh boy, we were knee deep in POLITICS! That's our right as American citizens, you minion of Obama's Marxist society! Get a clue about the country. Maybe pick up a history book or better yet, the Constitution.

My goodness Don, thanks so much for highlighting this woman's passionate and beautiful speech yesterday. She and the Dr. from San Fernando Valley are my new heroes, eloquent, patriotic and much more worthy of our attention than the scrubs in congress she spoke to.

NO "PROGRESSIVE TAX DOLLARS" were used to fund any part of the Tea Party's political speech, you low information voter! Typical coveting of private dollars that statist Marxists believe are inherently due the government. Our money is OURS, dude, not the governments. You can continue to be a slave to the state and embrace mediocrity and dependence, but do not force that on the rest of us. We have chosen freedom!
Old timer
June 05, 2013
Some people just will not understand, Laura. And, you are so right....they have drunk the kool aid...
June 05, 2013
You moronic class envy breast beating idiot. You'd better be glad my forefathers fought and died to give you the right to expres your idiocy. If you had your way we'd be be licking Obama's bum for the rest of his life, then stuff him and worship his corpse. Go have pink dreams, cretin.
June 05, 2013
It's people like you that have the good freedom and liberty loving citizens petrified that our once great country is on the edge of more than just a fiscal cliff... we are about to drop off into the socialist pit mediocrity and subjugation....

Get a clue... read a history book... learn about what our constitution and our country really means and stands for....

And mostly pull your head out of your ass far enough to get a breath of fresh air.. might do you some good...
June 06, 2013
Spo101: You're a complete fool! What's wrong with preserving the freedoms that I (and so many others) swore to defend? What's wrong with wanting a government that ABIDES BY THE CONSTITUTION?

You and the rest of your "messiah's" sheep really need to think for yourselves. It's OBVIOUS you all are brainwashed. If you morons hate America that much, get the hell out!
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