The Tea Party Should Have to Play by the Same Rules
We all play by the same rules. When any organization files for tax-exempt status, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny.
An overwhelming majority of organizations screened by the IRS after 2010 were not Tea Party groups, including Progress Texas. However, that hasn't stopped the paranoid Tea Party from thinking they shouldn't have to play by the same rules.
Our Executive Director, Ed Espinoza, released the following statement about the mess:
Progress Texas was subject to the type of additional vetting that Tea Party groups are complaining about. We accept this vetting process and we've abided by it. We all play by the same rules, and Tea Party groups should not be exempt from the rules that apply to every other organization.
If Tea Party groups want the process to move faster, perhaps they should follow the lead of Tea Party attorney Dan Backer and advocate for more government employees to ease the strain on the process.
On Wednesday, we came forward to share our story and push back against the Tea Party talking points. Progress Texas was featured in several big national stories:
- Bloomberg - IRS Sent Same Letter to Democrats That Fed Tea Party Row
- Associated Press - Holder: Potential civil rights violations at IRS
- ABC News - Obama Juggles Scandals
- MSNBC - Obama boots out IRS commissioner amid scandal
- Slate - Read the IRS's Irritating Requests for a Liberal (!) Group in Texas
- Raw Story - Liberal group Progress Texas also received extra IRS scrutiny
- ABC News radio - Acting IRS Chief Resigns, Obama Condemns 'Inexcusable' Targeting of Tea Party Groups
- Examiner.Com - IRS bombshell: IRS gave Democrats and progressives problems too
- The Fiscal Times - At Least One Liberal Group Got IRS Scrutiny
The Tea Party should not be exempt from playing by the rules. Yes, filling out forms and waiting for a response is inconvenient – but it’s no different than what any other American goes through when dealing with taxes.