May 13, 2013
The Jefferson Area Tea Party was able to find another way to comply with the tax laws after hearing what their friends in Richmond were going through in early 2012.
"The red flag for us was when they were asking about information about members about leaders, their contact information," said Carole Thorpe, spokesperson for the Jefferson Area Tea Party. "They wanted any fliers you gave out at events, who spoke at the events and on and on."
"For us, for two years, it was April 15th, tax day, everyday," said President of the Richmond Tea Party Larry Nordvig.
But now, the independent Internal Revenue Service admits it was intentionally targeting conservative groups across the country after denying there was any targeting at all.
On Monday President Obama addressed the allegations.
"If you've got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way, than that is outrageous."
"We as the American people do have to be on guard, we have to be watch dogs and we have to point out these things when we see them," said Thorpe.
Thorpe says democrats, republicans and moderates are all saying the right things but the question is: What is Washington going to actually do about it?
"We're all under the government, local, state, federal but it's going to come down to what are they going to do about it."
And for the Richmond Tea Party who spent hours and thousands of dollars getting legal help for all the IRS requests, they also want to know if the right steps will be taken.
Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner released statements today saying the reports of the IRS targeting certain groups based on political ideology are unacceptable.
Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt also released a statement saying he fully supports a full investigation "to hold accountable, those responsible for this travesty".
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