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Thanks so much this is an important story today -- CI RS now admitting.
It targeting conservative groups like the Tea Party as early as 2011.
Well now the IRS has apologized.
Was wrong that was absolutely incorrect is insensitive and it was inappropriate.
That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review.
Well so did they lie and play politics with taxpayers' lives is that apology and not joining me now is how.
Co-founder of the Tea Party patriots Jenny Beth Martin good to see engine.
-- to be here Gretchen okay so first things first that you organization was a targeted.
Yes it was we applied for our 501 C four and a 501 C three taxes and status we still never heard back.
The IRS has asked questions about -- They won what did you know every single post on face but every comment that any person that would who's a fan of hours and -- that.
Had ever made all -- congressmen and senators that are supporters ever spoke to.
Very intrusive questions.
So you believe that they should now have to pay you back for all the lawyers you've had to hire it's -- correct.
Well we're looking into that right now with our attorneys because -- it's taken a lot of time it it costs a lot of money.
And -- we've also had to help other groups around the -- stated to do we -- to help them as they've had the same the same kind of questions from the IRS.
As simple apology on a conference call is not enough by a long shot.
Congress -- investigate this and find out how many more -- is the -- talent and I mean did you find it weird when you were trying to make these applications that you were giving all these questions did you ever think in your mind while they're they're targeting.
Well I I understand that when you're dealing with -- and you're making an application for attacked the tax exempt status.
The you've got that academy sure they -- your following all the rules and all the laws so I understand that.
But the questions about the FaceBook post -- is our supporters are saying.
Who they're talking to on Capitol Hill the list of all of our different donors when donations are supposed to be attack they are supposed to be.
Confidential absolutely ridiculous you believe that this was just the underlings out of -- midwest -- -- did this come from the top.
I don't know whether it came from the top more than are or night.
What I know is so there's no way it was just a couple of low level employees at a Cincinnati Ohio said this much influence it can affect so many groups across the country.
Literally it was -- -- from California to South Carolina and every stay out.
That every seat in between -- many many seats in between your filing for these applications.
And this is just one organization we're talking Jenny Beth Martin co-founder of Tea Party patriots they were targeted.
By the Harris is just the tip of the ice Virginia believe that thanks so much for being our guest today we'll probably talk -- again sometime soon.
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