Many Tea Party and 9/12 groups have been targeted recently by the IRS to prove that they are still eligible for their not-for-profit status. Is the IRS particularly concerned about the conservative groups for any particular reason? Or are they simply following their rules in following up on groups from time to time?
Onenewsnow.com states that "in January and February, tea party organizations across the country began receiving letters from the Internal Revenue Service, requesting more information related to their applications for designation as 501(c)(4) non-profits. According to the IRS, such groups 'must not be organized for profit and must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare.'" According to FoxNews.com, experts contacted agreed the timing of the letters was problematic, though the information requests are not particularly sinister.
The question is how many other groups, if any, have to justify their status?
The questions sent by the IRS are quite invasive, such as details of all members; any political ambitions of board members or their relatives; copies of minutes of all board meetings since creatio; resumes for employees; if any candidate came to speak and if so, who, do they endorse candidates and if so, what are the endorsement criteria? Provide copies of all web pages, including blog pages or restricted pages, etc. (why does the IRS need to know this?). The questionnaire is 6 single spaced pages long and the groups targeted only had two weeks to complete to maintain their not-for-profit status.
Mediamatters.com, an extreme liberal non-profit, founded to dispel "conservative misinformation" and has a pretty wacky CEO who makes more that the 99%, was recently the subject of an investigation by the DailyCaller, who questions their tax exempt status. Did they get a letter from the IRS?
Perhaps it is better for the Tea Party and the 9/12 groups to "get off the grid." Any benefits that the not-for-profit status provides must not outweigh the intrusion of the government having its nose in these grassroots organizations.