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Fond of a concerted education group says ERS actions should send chills -- it's fine.
Kevin cookie sheet of lynch pins of liberty says the IRS and about his -- for scrutiny -- outrageous questions.
And now he says he is not taking that from the IRS but he is taking the IRS are thinking about it of course.
-- joins us nice to see you served.
Thank you for having me Greta thank you first -- what is your growth.
My group is called lynch -- of liberty it's an American leadership development enterprise.
And our motto is to challenge the imagination of the rising generation we do that by mentoring high school and college students and conservative political philosophy.
And so tell me you applied for a Texas -- status.
And you didn't like some of the questions you're asked.
Yes -- -- protect exempt status in January of 2011 the first substantive response came in May of 2011.
And although that letter was not as invasive and little more vague in the later letter I knew something was amiss I gave the answers like could they gave me about two weeks reply.
Couldn't get a hold an IRS agent.
And that it was about six months of constantly trying to reach the agent on the telephones.
Until December of 2011.
When I finally reached an agent first thing she told me was my file had been moved to another -- someone else's -- my file.
And then I asked this question is that -- and I said why in the world is my application taking so long.
And he said these words he said we have been waiting on guidance from our superiors as to your organization and other similar organizations.
It was pretty clear that that wasn't coming from down the hall you can say where but it wasn't from Cincinnati.
-- all the questions so as asked that made you suspicious.
Well but neither the time I got to 31 point letter and each question had sub categories amounting to about a 95 part in derogatory.
But if I could focus your attention on just three.
First one was asking me what the political affiliation was of the people who had -- toward me.
I don't even know the answer that question in in foal and I couldn't they would take a long time for me to be able to complete an application.
The next question they asked me was what are my views on every issue.
Every issue and I don't know how can answer that question.
Without perjuring myself.
But Greta when you consider that I work with high school and college students the most disturbing question that I got.
Asked me to identify.
Those I was teaching and to provide details of what I was teaching them.
I so I imagine giving a phone conversation with a busted their questions we're way out a -- -- is this all done right and.
Well the I only had one phone conversation I had repeated attempts to reach an agent voice -- voice -- please call me a voicemail.
So only that one conversation with the -- Cincinnati who told me that it was his superiors who had directed him to do this.
What so here are -- going to -- and what's your cause of action.
Yes we are represented by the AC LJ along with many other organizations and we expect to file a complaint this week.
Have actually not read the complaint because they're still making adjustments to it but.
One of the things are seeking is a declaratory action I want to get my status it's been 28 months and counting.
But the rest of that will come out night I think.
-- really outrageous isn't and it's not just your group I mean that after that we have different people come on coaches are and what -- -- their tax exempt status so they can do their groups and it's -- the IRS is just stood in the way.
Yeah I don't know why -- mean we know we've seen in the news Barack Obama's half brother he got status in a month that I believe it went retroactive and here I am 28 months and counting and I still don't.
I don't know anything about that I -- -- -- that -- -- viewers -- but I you know I keep me a check to see you know an -- but I I had that I can't.
Corroborate or deny but anyway Kevin thank you and -- good luck thank you -- appreciate it.
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