Tea billies outraged the IRS won't allow them to commit tax fraud
Tea Party Patriots, Inc.
Tea Party Patriots, Inc. (TPP) is not the entire Tea Party movement. It is one organization, although in some ways it is a pretty substantial organization. It raised over $20,000,000 in the year ended May 31, 2012. Very little of that went to grass roots Tea Party groups. The Wall Street Journal article focuses on Jenny Beth Martin, TPP’s president. From the article we learn:
Tea-party activists helped the GOP gain control of the House of Representatives and install more conservative senators in the 2010 election. Mrs. Martin was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” that year…
For some reason Tea Party Patriots, Inc did not call itself as a political organization, despite all the good work the movement did getting all those conservatives elected. No. It says it is a social welfare organization. The IRS had doubts about that, which has Mrs. Martin upset:
“It was harassment, pure and simple, to weaken us going into the 2012 election,” Mrs. Martin says.
If you are not a political organization, why would that be an issue ?