Video: Tea Party activist describes IRS intimidation tactics

posted at 12:01 pm on June 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Meet Karen Kenney, the first in what will undoubtedly be a parade of victims of the intimidation tactics of the IRS aimed at conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.  Twitchy captures Kenney’s statement and the immediate Twitter reaction to it.  With President Obama attempting to pre-empt the hearing with an odd live statement on judicial nominations — usually a matter left to press releases — coverage of the hearing has been spotty, but this needs to be seen and read in full:

Just how intimidating was this effort? Sixteen months after applying, SFVP finally heard from the IRS on its application, with a deadline cast in ominous tones:

In October 2010, the San Fernando Valley Patriots, a not-for-profit corporation in California, applied with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 501(c) 4 status as a tax-exemptsocial welfare organization. We were then and remain a “tea party” group affiliated with the national Tea Party Patriots.

We heard nothing until February 2012 when I received a packet from the IRS Exempt Organizations Office in Cincinnati, OH, which included a questionnaire with 35 items divided into 80 subpoints of inquiry.

A cover letter indicated we had 20 days to comply without penalty including “penalties of perjury” for failure to answer all questions with facts that are “true, correct, and complete.”

Generally, the questions were a demand that read like the chilling words from the 1950s: “Are you now or have you ever been…”

Kenney says her personal favorite among the raft of questions was #33, which demanded that the applicants incriminate themselves:

My personal favorite was question No. 33, which in relation to protests asked for a listing of our “committed violations of local ordinances, breaches of public order or arrests” then requested
details on how we “conduct or promote” illegal activities.

I think the IRS needs to fix its labeling machine: We’re the San Fernando Valley Patriots, not Occupy Oakland.

We’re going to be hearing from plenty of victims, and Obama can’t call a press conference every day to suck away the coverage.

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That election was a fraud and no amount of hearings can fix that.
petunia on June 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

You still think your boy Romney was a good candidate? You actually believe he won the election? LMFAO!
You should change your name from “petunia” to that river in Egypt.
HondaV65 on June 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Conspiratorial federal suppression of opponents by the party in power pretty much equals a “stolen election.” The US and Venezuela have far more in common than we ought to.

Django on June 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

“Meet Karen Kenney…”

It is an honor and a pleasure…

…. May God Bless You!

Seven Percent Solution on June 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I stopped the video after a minute of syrupy grandstanding. Why do we have to make ourselves look foolish even when we are in the right and have a clear case to make?

Long Legged MacDaddy on June 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Syrupy Grandstanding“?

Yeah. I guess it’s better to just lie down and let the democRATS walk all over us.

Maybe we can get the “Doormat” Award.

Solaratov on June 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Conspiratorial federal suppression of opponents by the party in power pretty much equals a “stolen election.” The US and Venezuela have far more in common than we ought to.

Django on June 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Don’t bother with Honda. He voted for Obama in order to hasten the final collapse of the nation, believing in a libertarian utopia to follow.

Count to 10 on June 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Well said patriot Karen Kenney..had to share this on my FB..

sadsushi on June 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

I think the IRS needs to fix its labeling machine: We’re the San Fernando Valley Patriots, not Occupy Oakland.

Now THAT was an excellent zing.

sage0925 on June 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Quite frankly, Im mad that there is a Question 33 at all. Whittle your questions to 10 or under!

thebrokenrattle on June 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM

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