Egregious IRS Actions Had Their Desired Effect, Apology Not Accepted
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) apparently set out to harm conservatives, and after continual outcry from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and others, they finally admitted that this was their intention, and apologized. Of course, the damage had already been done. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the ACLJ, is representing Kevin Kookogey, whose organization was among those targeted. Sekulow says: Apology not accepted.
Kevin Kookogey, a Heritage Action Sentinel, had to jump through hoops (sub. req’d):
Kevin Kookogey launched a nonprofit group in 2010 to mentor young people in conservative political philosophy. The Nashville, Tenn., entertainment lawyer lined up a $30,000 donation and planned to raise more once the Internal Revenue Service granted his tax-exempt status.
It never did.
Instead, over the course of the next year, the IRS sent letters asking for additional information, from the names of his donors to people who had participated in his events and copies of his speeches and training manuals. In the interim, his seed money dried up.
When Mr. Kookogey asked the IRS about his tax-exempt status, they replied:
We are waiting on guidance from our superiors as to your organization and similar organizations.
Mr. Kookogey was not alone in this (sub. req’d):
Mr. Kookogey’s group, Linchpins of Liberty, is one of as many as 400 groups, a number of which had conservative goals, whose nonprofit status was scrutinized by the IRS in what has become a growing Washington scandal.
The IRS’s excessive inquiries were nothing short of malicious, and the requests they made of these conservative groups were next to impossible to fulfill. This is not to mention the massive multi-thousand dollar legal fees conservative groups had to pay in order to deal with said requests. For example:
The groups waited months or in some cases years to hear back. The agency asked for information about the mission and people involved with the group, including board members, donors and speakers at its events. One Ohio group was asked to write a synopsis of a 350-page book its members had studied. Groups were given two weeks to reply.
Our federal government was designed to be a neutral arbiter between competing private interests that would protect our liberties. Instead, it has morphed into a permanent interest group of its own.