'State the Reasons You Did Not Have a Candidate Rally for Lone Democratic Candidate'
- The IRS does not target Marxist, Socialist and Democrat groups.
- How about abolishing the IRS and pass a flat income tax of 10% with a postcard form that any 3rd grader could fill out?
Police State - The boot-licking Marxist lackeys of the Obama regime have been doing everything in their power to crush Conservative freedom of speech using the IRS as a weapon. The 1st Amendment and Bill of Rights have no meaning to these bastards.
The Internal Revenue Service, in a letter dated November 16, 2011, asked the Albuquerque Tea Party why it didn’t host a “candidate rally” in 2010 for the lone Democratic gubernatorial candidate in New Mexico after it had hosted a “question and answer forum” for the Republican candidates.
On the Democrat side, then-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish was running for New Mexico governor unopposed, but five Republicans were running in the primary for the opportunity to face Denish in November reports CNS News.
On page four of the IRS letter, question 8 asked the Albuquerque Tea Party:
“In describing your Event Rallies you stated that you hosted a question and answer forum with the GOP Primary Candidates for Governor of the state, and that not all GOP candidates attended. You stated that since there was only one candidate in the Democratic primary, there was no comparison to be made in the primary.”
In Question 8a of the letter, the IRS directed the Albuquerque group to “Describe in detail the GOP Event Rally, including questions asked, and state the reasons you did not have a candidate rally for the lone Democratic candidate.”
An IRS spokeswoman declined to comment Friday on the agency’s rationale for asking the Albuquerque Tea Party why it had not held an "event rally" for Lt. Gov. Denish in early 2010 and how that might affect the organization's application to become a 501(c)(4) group.
Rick Harbaugh, president of the Albuquerque Tea Party, told CNSNews.com that the reason his group did not have a forum for Denish was “very simple.”
“When there’s no opposition, there’s no point,” he said, adding that the Republican primary was contentious, given the fact that multiple candidates were running.
Harbaugh said he is unaware of any legal requirement for his organization to offer equal access to the Democratic candidate. He declined to provide the responses his organization sent to the IRS for privacy reasons.
David French, a senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), says that the Albuquerque Tea Party, as an organization hoping to receive tax-exempt status, had no compelling legal reason to provide equal access for a particular party or candidate.