CITIZENS FOR SELF-GOVERNANCE ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF MULTIPLE PLAINTIFFS TO CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT vs. IRS 

Filed on behalf of Tea Party, religious and other liberty groups victimized by IRS

August 5, 2013

CONTACT: Matt Siegelheim
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matt.siegelheim@gmail.com

Cincinnati, OH. – Today, counsel funded by Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) filed an amended complaint adding numerous named plaintiffs in the first and only class action in the nation against the IRS on behalf of tea parties, religious organizations and other liberty groups targeted for harassment and abuse.

Significantly, among other groups joining the NorCal Tea Party as named plaintiffs in the litigation, is one of the nation’s preeminent state think tanks, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, whose private and confidential donor list was illegally released by the IRS.

Brooke Rollins, President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, issued the following statement today on the Foundation’s decision to join a class-action lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service:

“Last year, the Texas Public Policy Foundation was surprised and disappointed to learn that the Internal Revenue Service released our donor list to the public. In light of recent revelations of a pattern of IRS harassment and suppression of citizens and organizations opposed to Washington, D.C.’s agenda, we must conclude that this Foundation may have been deliberately and illegally targeted. With donor and membership anonymity a cornerstone of freedom of association under the Constitution as held in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1958 NAACP v. Alabama, the release of our donor information is not a mere inconvenience, but a profound threat to basic liberties.

In response to the litigation, the IRS has recently filed a motion with the court to dismiss the suit.  Commenting on the government’s actions, Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance, issued the following statement:

“In the last several days, we’ve heard that the President considers the IRS targeting of law-abiding citizens to be a ‘phony scandal,’ demonstrating his disdain for the American people and the Constitution.  Meanwhile, government lawyers are moving to dismiss litigation intended to give affected citizens their day in court.   This is indicative of the heavy hand of a federal government operating with a dangerous disdain for the American citizen.  This cannot stand, and we will not rest until the many groups affected by the IRS abuses have their day in court.”

For more information, including a copy of the Amended Complaint please visit www.SueTheIRS.com

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About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.