By JAVIER MANJARRES
One of those pesky Bible and gun-clinging, Tea Party-ish, and conservative non-profit organizations, that was targeted by the IRS for audit has just filed suit against the agency to have its “long-awaited tax exempt status” granted.True the Vote (TTV) is seeking damages for what they say is “the unlawful actions by the IRS in the processing” of its tax exemption application.
“We are not going to allow the IRS to claim, as it has been doing in the past week, that the targeting of conservative groups is over and ‘everything has been fixed.’ It is not yet fixed and this litigation is a vital step both to resolve True the Vote’s status and to learn exactly what happened inside the IRS.”-Cleta Mitchell, True the Vote counsel
The group’s lawsuit consist of three counts:
Count One: Seeks recognition of True the Vote as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization pursuant to 26 USC § 7428.
Count Two: Seeks damages and injunctive relief from the IRS and IRS employees and agents, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), for violation of True the Vote’s constitutional rights by virtue of the actions of the government in unlawfully targeting and delaying recognition of True the Vote’s exempt status.Count Three: Seeks damages and injunctive relief against the IRS and IRS employees, pursuant to 26 USC § 7431, for their unlawful intrusions into True the Vote’s activities by requiring the filing of voluminous materials with the IRS, then unlawfully inspecting and potentially disseminating the information.
According to ActRight Legal Foundation, who assisted in filing TTV’s suit against the IRS, several more cases will be filed against the government agency, including any individuals guilty of “violating the constitutional rights of these citizen’s organizations.”
It wil be interesting to see just how many organizations like True the Vote will follow their lead and file suit against President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service