By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
A former Oregon state representative is joining several tea party and conservative organizations across the country who are suing the Internal Revenue Service over allegations that they were delayed tax exempt statuses because of their political views.
Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation joins 4o other plaintiffs from multiple states in a lawsuit claiming they were unlawfully targeted by the IRS when applying for non-profit status. Controversy erupted when IRS officials admitted to giving extra scrutiny to conservative groups that were seeking a tax exempt status.
“The stunning admission by the IRS that they targeted certain groups alerted us to the possibility that OCWF was one of those organizations,” OCFW Executive Director Jeff Kropf said on OCWF’s website. “And based on our experience with the agency we asked our foundation legal counsel Tyler Smith to contact the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), which eventually led to our joining the amended lawsuit.”
Kropf’s organization applied for 501C3 status in May 2011 and has yet to get an approval or denial from the IRS.
The lawsuit, brought by the American Center for Law and Justice on May 29, seeks undisclosed compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to tax-exempt recognition and protection from any further IRS “abuse or retaliation,” Watchdog.org reported last month.
Oregon Capitol Watch is a non-profit organization educating people on how government spends its tax dollars.
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