Sue us….IRS Responds, Ignores Law, Delays.
(August 21, 2014) - On July 23rd, the Internal Revenue Service responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire on June 24, 2014. The request was issued based on the IRS’s supposed lost emails on their irrevocably damaged computers.
In the letter, the IRS writes that they will not be able comply with our request in the ‘20 business-day period’ as required by law. Also, they extend the response period for an additional 10 days, as allowed by statute. What’s even worse, the letter continues stating the need for even more time and illegally extends that period until October 23, 2014. It then goes on to inform us that we can file suit after August 6, 2014.
A copy of this request was also made on June 24, 2014 to the offices of Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter. We have not received a response from either of their offices as of August 20, 2014. A copy of the full letter can be viewed here
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire stated, “We are extremely disappointed that the IRS has basically said…sue us. They are ignoring the law and imploring delay tactics. This is just another example of a government agency gone awry. We are calling on Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter to immediately denounce the IRS’s illegal tactics. In addition, we are asking our representatives to save us all some time and money by complying with our FOIA request, as required by law, and immediately send us any and all correspondence with Lois Lerner.
We already know that Senator Shaheen signed onto a letter asking for greater scrutiny of non-profit groups. It’s disappointing that Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Shea-Porter have chosen to be co-conspirators in this scandal and have continued to ignore our information request on behalf of their constituents. As representatives of this state, they have the duty to ensure us that they were not involved in the push for illegal targeting by IRS officials.”