Congressional investigations sought over IRS ‘assault’ on tea party groups

Those demands, Jamie Radtke said in a press release, included the answers to “12 additional questions in 53 separate parts.” The Richmond Tea Party was also ordered to hand over a list of all its donors and volunteers. “The IRS, states that such information will be made available for ‘public inspection.’” Radtke added.


William Temple of Brunswick, Georgia dresses in American revolutionary clothing and carries a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag outside the Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

On Tuesday, Jamie Radtke, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Virginia, asked California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa to investigate what she said was unfair treatment of tea party groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Issa chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Radtke is a former president of the Richmond Tea Party, a group which applied for tax-exempt charitable status in December 2009.

“After waiting two and a half years for approval,” Radtke wrote, “the IRS recently communicated a new set of overly-burdensome and invasive demands for information that exceed the scope of the IRS code.”

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