IRS War on Tea Party

On today’s Price of Business, Host and USDR Publisher, Kevin Price interviewed Cameron Seward of the Heritage Foundation on the IRS war on conservative organizations. They discussed the following startling article recently in USA Today.

Tea Party, anti-abortion and other conservative groups told Congress on Tuesday that the Internal Revenue Service held up their applications for tax exemptions, harassed them with questions and leaked their donor lists to political opponents.

The questioning included requests for copies of Facebook postings, the content of prayers, political beliefs of members, résumés of board members and dealings with the media.

That was the testimony of six conservative groups to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is investigating how the IRS came to target Tea Party and other groups for more scrutiny beginning in 2010.

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The Coalition for Life of Iowa said it was asked to have all its board members swear — under penalty of perjury — that it wouldn’t pray, picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood.

“We never thought we would have to defend our prayer activities,” said the coalition’s president, Susan Martinek. “As Christians we knew we needed to pray for a better solution to unplanned pregnancy than abortion, why not at the source?”

Stories like that get sympathy even from committee Democrats. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich, said he supports the work of Planned…(read more)

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