ONN: A tea party activist is pleased that the IRS is finally paying up after illegally targeting conservative groups during the Obama administration.
The federal government has been cutting checks to 100 conservative groups as part of a settlement in the class-action lawsuit NorCal v. United States, ending a five-year legal battle.
President Obama famously said there was not a “smidgen” of evidence that the IRS unfairly targeted tea party groups, but hundreds of such groups described long delays and intrusive scrutiny — proven to be illegal — such as demanding membership information and religious beliefs.
A 2013 inspector general’s report found the IRS flagged tax-exempt filings based on a conservative-sounded name, such as “patriots” or “tea party,” and the applications sat untouched for months.
Tom Zawistowski, executive director of the Portage County Tea Party, tells OneNewsNow that he was one of the chief plaintiffs in the lawsuit after telling the IRS in 2011 he refused to comply with its demands.