Minnesota Majority launches website for IRS-targeted groups
June 11, 2013 — 3:23pm
Conservative advocacy group Minnesota Majority has launched a website for groups that suspect they were given extra scrutiny by the IRS when seeking tax-exempt status.
The site, IRSExposed.org, includes links to legal resources and a collection of Internal Revenue Service questionnaires received by groups who believe they were targeted.
Last month, IRS leaders admitted that they set aside conservative groups with "tea party" and "patriot" in their names or applications for extra scrutiny during an 18-month period in 2010 and 2011, subjecting them to additional inquiries and stalling their approvals.
Minnesota Majority president Dan McGrath says information the IRS sought from his group in March of this year was similar to what targeted groups were asked to provide and that the website will help conservatives fight back against the IRS and government intrusion.
"It's our hope that this resource can help other targeted organizations assist in information gathering for lawsuits, aid the press, and provide a repository of information for interested members of the public," McGrath said in a statement.
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