May 13, 2013
Tea party groups on Monday are threatening to sue the Internal Revenue Service after the agency admitted last week that it wrongly targeted conservative groups applying for nonprofit status.
“We are looking at it pretty seriously,” said Dan Backer, a lawyer who represents a half dozen conservative groups targeted by the IRS, including Combat Veterans Training Group and TheTeaParty.net. “Given the sheer scope of maleficence at the IRS, there may be a legal recourse.”
Backer said the IRS asked some of his clients for donor lists and extensive information from their Facebook pages.
The agency has maintained that although its actions were inappropriate, laws weren’t broken.
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