(CNSNews.com) - Pleased that the IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, Tea Party members hope for justice during Friday’s hearing before Congress.
To Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, that justice should be job termination for all involved.
“They can’t continue to work for the IRS. If they are willing to unfairly and unequally apply the law to us, they are willing to do it to somebody in the future,” Martin said. “The consequences must be so severe that whatever the precedent is set from this, people who work for the IRS in the future will not use that agency as a weapon.”
Richmond Tea Party member Bruce Jaggard said an apology would be acceptable, but it should just be the very first step.
“There is a lot more that they’ve got to do to satisfy us,” he said. “It took us two and a half years to get our tax exempt status. We went through a lot of hoops, and they made it extremely difficult. It was very irritating, and it angered us. So we are just finally glad to see it come to a head.”
George Brunemann, Cincinnati Tea Party member and former president, attended Friday’s hearing because he and his wife had personally been audited by the IRS after she, as treasurer, deposited a large sum of money following a successful rally in 2010. He said that it is not just a Tea Party issue, but an issue for all citizens of the United States.
“This has to do with being a citizen, and because of what you said or what you think, the IRS is now singling you out for special investigations, it’s like the ultimate form of intimidation,” he said. “Today this is what they are picking on, but who is to say it’s not you tomorrow? And that’s the real issue. They are an incredibly powerful organization with little oversight, and we are seeing that now.”