The American Center for Law and Justice has announced that it will file a federal lawsuit on behalf of tea-party groups targeted by the IRS, contending that the Obama administration “unlawfully delayed and thereby effectively denied” the 25 groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, and continued to do so as recently as a month ago.
The ACLJ also has proof that the agency’s targeting extended beyond the IRS office in Cincinnati, taking in two California offices and ranging to the national office in Washington, D.C. (Eliana Johnson wrote about the Washington connection for NRO last week.)
“The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRS and the Obama Administration — including the White House: Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government,” ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement. “Those responsible for this unprecedented intimidation ploy must be held accountable.”
The suit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., charges the administration with six counts of violating the Constitution and federal law, as well as IRS regulations and guidelines.