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Local group may have been victim of IRS scandal
A local group believes they may have been a victim of the IRS scandal.
The Common Sense Campaign Tea Party has chapters both in Baldwin County and here in Pensacola.
Back in 2010, they applied for tax exempt status, but never got it.
"Please describe activities to date, guess what this is two years of activity!"
In 2011, Dr. Lou Campomenosi received this long list of requests from the IRS after his group applied for tax exempt status
"Look at this. There are 15 things here, we are a volunteer group."
After going back and forth with the IRS several times, they dropped the application and decided it was too much of a hassle.
"They wanted to know all sorts of information about our donor list, things like that, we made a decision at that point, it was just too much bridge too far, we weren't going down this road with them."
After talking to other groups who went through the same process , he feels they were unfairly targeted.
"We were outraged about it, you can't have the IRS doing what they are doing, clearly an infringement of our rights. It's a double standard."
Tuesday, Tea Party groups across the country protested against this alleged targeting, calling for action from the government.
"To bring attention to the illegal tactics the IRS has been using for past several years, get some education as far as what people individually can do."
The Common Sense Campaign is now involved in an American Center for Law and Justice lawsuit against the IRS.