Montana tea party protests IRS targeting

2013-05-21T14:19:00Z 2013-05-22T06:51:49Z Montana tea party protests IRS targetingThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 21, 2013 2:19 pm  • 

HELENA — About a half-dozen tea party activists gathered outside the federal building in Helena to protest IRS scrutiny of conservative groups and to warn that the agency could target other organizations next.

The protest was one of several taking place at IRS locations across the nation Tuesday.

Big Sky Tea Party Association Ed Arganbright says everybody should be outraged by the Internal Revenue Service's targeting certain conservative groups. Arganbright says if the IRS can do it to the tea party, it can do it to other groups of different political stripes.

He and the others held signs saying "Stop IRS Targeting" and "Audit the IRS."

IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were screened through searches for terms that include "tea party" and "patriot."

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  1. Snowcrest
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    Snowcrest - May 24, 2013 6:13 pm
    Hello troll.
    Since you are a employed, minimum wage grunt, why are you posting at 1:15pm on your employer's nickel?
    Why arent you working like you're supposed to be?
    It's flakes like you that bog our country down and destroy small businesses.
  2. BSUjack
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    BSUjack - May 23, 2013 3:58 pm
    I understand the Conservative thinking groups of 503 requesting non-profit status were abused the same way in the Environmental Protection Programs. The balance of Liberal non-profit groups out weigh the Conservatives by a 66% t0 31% advantage.
  3. Dr_Resonable
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    Dr_Resonable - May 23, 2013 2:37 pm
    Just like Occupy Wall Street.
    Good point dsrobins
  4. dave ajou
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    dave ajou - May 23, 2013 11:02 am
    Nice FB page pal. Go back to Texas, or California or New Mexico.
  5. dave ajou
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    dave ajou - May 23, 2013 10:11 am
    Huh, how odd. Personal attack in violation of dialogue policy. There we go, "report abuse" button clicked. Same thing as cleaning shoes after walking through the bark park.
  6. jacksommersby88
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    jacksommersby88 - May 22, 2013 4:46 pm
    "Shocking" and sickening"? Oh, that's grand coming from your Republican self who turned a willing blind eye to war-criminal Bush/Cheney's lies-based Iraq War that resulted in over 4,000 dead and tens-of-thousands-maimed U.S. soldiers. And your support of torture wasn't also sickening and shocking? Oh, and "liberty" and "freedom of expression" have nothing to do with hypocritically applying for tax-exempt "social welfare" status when TPers are supposedly against social welfare. Liberty and freedom of expression, however, have to do with the Constitution, but you looked the other way with the implementation of Bush's Constitution-abusing Patriot Act. Just as long as you got your deficit-contributing tax cut, right?
  7. Dubs
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    Dubs - May 22, 2013 3:43 pm
    More proof that Obama is in way over his head. He is a great fundraiser, golfer and speaker--that's about it, however.
  8. GaryTinkSanders
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    GaryTinkSanders - May 22, 2013 2:28 pm
    I don't care who you are or where you are from if you had a lick of sense you would understand that this is over reaching by a federal agency, what is sickening about this is the unscrupulous progressive enablers on this post making it a political issue when in fact it is a liberty issue. If George Bush was in office and the IRS was targeting progressive groups just imagine all the squealing that would be going on, dang my ears are ringing from just thinking about it, you enablers are despicable.
  9. GaryTinkSanders
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    GaryTinkSanders - May 22, 2013 2:10 pm
    If you can't even get the designation right (501-c and they range from 1 thru 20) why should anyone listen to your misleading information, for future reference just remember the most popular jeans of the 70's and 80's (501's)
  10. yawn
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    yawn - May 22, 2013 1:15 pm
    Lazy bums. instead of protesting on a workday afternoon why don't they go find jobs instead of living off the government! i'm sick of my tax dollars paying for people like this.
  11. Barak Nobama
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    Barak Nobama - May 22, 2013 12:59 pm
    This is not a conservative vs liberal issue. It is an issue of liberty vs governmental tyranny. I don't care which party did this or to whom.

    I spoke up just as loudly when Bush-the-lesser pushed through the Patriot know the one that it was considered un-American to speak out against. I don't think Bush was smart enough to realize what a sinister leader would do with such unchecked authority. Yet we handed over the freedoms to an ever increasing sinister government.
  12. Barak Nobama
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    Barak Nobama - May 22, 2013 12:53 pm
    How can any of you stick up for the IRS? Have you no integrity? You know beyond any shadow of ANY doubt that the government targeting of any legal group for intimidation and persecution is both illegal and plain wrong!

    White House visitor logs show that Obama knew of this and possibly directed this by-the-way. You won't see his cohorts in the media reporting this. By the way, the media knew of this before the election last year and said nothing. How's that for objectivity.

    Come on folks pull your heads out of your crevices and look at what our government is doing to us.
  13. Hakon Montag
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    Hakon Montag - May 22, 2013 11:52 am
    It is quite interesting how the liberal progressives perceive rights and wrongs in their world.
  14. Roger
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    Roger - May 22, 2013 11:33 am
    That's not how it's supposed to work, even if you agree with targeting groups because of their politics. You embarrass yourself.
  15. BJG1
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    BJG1 - May 22, 2013 9:32 am
    What's the beef, the conservative groups got their 504-C-3 designations. Only one group didn't and it was a liberal group. These Tea baggers should quit whining about everything. the black man will no longer be president in a few years and then we will have the likes of Bush, and Nixon, the "true" crooks in the white house. The Dems have never in their history had trash like those two Repugs. But now we have Rand and Macro.
  16. Gomez
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    Gomez - May 22, 2013 9:15 am
    This is going to go nowhere. The only groups less popular than the Tea Party are Muslims & Atheists. You couldn't pick less sympathetic "victims" if you tried.
  17. Hakon Montag
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    Hakon Montag - May 22, 2013 8:57 am
    Spot on Dave.
  18. Hakon Montag
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    Hakon Montag - May 22, 2013 8:56 am
    Yes this is 'your government and your President'...

    From ABC News:
    IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

    By John Parkinson, Steven Portnoy | May 16, 2013

    The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation. Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today…

    And here is a possibly related story, from the Washington Examiner:

    IRS tax exemption/Obamacare exec got $103,390 in bonuses

    By Mark Tapscott | May 16, 2013

    Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS executive in charge of the tax exempt division in 2010 when it began targeting conservative Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harrassment [sic], got more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012…

    Ingram received a $7,000 bonus in 2009, according to data obtained by The Washington Examiner from the IRS, then a $34,440 bonus in 2010, $35,400 in 2011 and $26,550 last year, for a total of $103,390. Her annual salary went from $172,500 to $177,000 during the same period.

    Ya gotta love them crazies that love their government and President so much that they can't imagine how much IT STINKS.
  19. Hakon Montag
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    Hakon Montag - May 22, 2013 8:50 am
    References for ANY of your claims?
  20. Chuck Feney
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    Chuck Feney - May 22, 2013 6:43 am
    Let The Rendering Begin!

    The IRS has been busted in political frauds
    Against groups with whom Dems are at odds
    The problem's easy to preempt,
    Just let no group be tax exempt...
    "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's".
  21. william
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    william - May 22, 2013 5:34 am
    While I could not agree more that a group whose primary purpose will be promoting there political views and supporting candidates who agree with them. Should get greater examination than a charitable origination applying for the same tax exempt status. It was reported in the Cincinnati Enquirer this morning that the local executives at the Cincinnati field office will be exorcizing there fifth amendment rights when question by congress.
    This fact should have the people at Fox news drooling. So get ready for the new wave of conspiracy theorist and Obama hating zealots to keep this going for a lot longer.
  22. dave ajou
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    dave ajou - May 21, 2013 8:05 pm
    President Obama has said this is inexcusable, Max Baucus has said he will follow the trail wherever it leads, and the usual suspects hypocritically see no problem with this shocking targeting. Sickening and thoroughly predictable, all of you collectively are a disgrace to liberty and freedom of expression.
  23. pl
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    pl - May 21, 2013 7:39 pm
    Six people???? Wow that is really an important news article. The tea party is over!
    Let it die and we'll all be very thankful that it was just a flash in the pan by the crazy Republicans.
  24. idiot state
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    idiot state - May 21, 2013 6:51 pm
    Senator Max Baucus contacted the IRS in 2010-wrote a letter-asking for special scrutiny of conservative groups. So there you go. What prompted Senator Baucus to contact that agency..was it upcoming Montana elections? Let's see where the investigations lead..
  25. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - May 21, 2013 6:26 pm
    Of course the part not coming out is that left wing and other " non political" groups....are targeted as well. They are being checked for violation of the non profit rules. Guess who teeters on the line more than any other...Tea Party and the like. Still should not be profiled but 6 people is newsworthy??? Sounds like a huge following and national movement to me...perhaps even the Tea party people are beginning to see their non compromising stance in Congress is looking ridiculous and most of us think they are nuts who have no idea how government works.
  26. jacksommersby88
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    jacksommersby88 - May 21, 2013 5:48 pm
    Spot-on, MiddleFinger. And they're supposedly for "small government" and "deficit reduction" yet they vote Republican, and the last 3 GOP presidents both grew the size of government and left office with a record deficit. "Conservatives"? Not unless the definition has changed!
  27. BR
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    BR - May 21, 2013 4:46 pm
    The reporting on this IRS story has not been particularly good. I suggest you listen to video complaints of harassment over membership lists by individuals applying for non-profit status, as well as the testimony of the administrator who got fired before congress before coming to hard and fast positions on this.
  28. BR
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    BR - May 21, 2013 4:45 pm
    The reporting on this IRS story has not been particularly good. I suggest you listen to video complaints of harassment over membership lists by individuals applying for non-profit status, as well as the testimony of the administrator who got fired before congress before coming to hard and fast positions on this.
  29. jacksommersby88
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    jacksommersby88 - May 21, 2013 3:20 pm
    Oh, yes, -- the hypocritical Tea Partiers who want all the things tax dollars provide while not wanting to pay the taxes! What can you say about this group when they embrace someone like Michelle Bachmann who decries "government handouts" yet has received over $250,000 in farm subsidies? And being that the majority of Tea Partiers are older folks, they hypocritically want government programs slashed except Medicare and Social Security, both of which they benefit from. Interesting that these TPers have been applying for tax-exempt "social welfare" with the IRS when they're supposedly against social welfare! Finally, there will be even more hypocrisy in Oklahoma with their Republican governor and Republican senators and Republican citizens begging for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for all that tornado damage. See, you're not required to apply for assistance from FEMA if you don't want to, yet there will be homeowners applying for home repairs and I-built-that business owners applying for that business to be rebuilt by the federal government they supposedly despise, and then be all irate when they get referred to the Small Business Administration for a low-interest loan rather than a "handout" grant. Ultra-pathetic.
  30. Just the facts
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    Just the facts - May 21, 2013 3:20 pm
    About 6 people protests and this is newsworthy?
  31. MTGuy
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    MTGuy - May 21, 2013 3:03 pm
    Let's see. The teaparty hates government and doesn''t think they should pay any taxes.....and then everybody wonders why the IRS targeted them. Sounds like justified "profiling" to me.
  32. dsrobins
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    dsrobins - May 21, 2013 2:47 pm
    Screwballs love to demonstrate against insignificant issues.
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