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NH Journal: Conservative groups sue the IRS

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30: SUING THE IRS. The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), a conservative-leaning legal center, filed a federal lawsuit against the IRS in Concord today on behalf of the conservative issues group Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, claiming the IRS “is unlawfully delaying the release” of records between the IRS and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.


Shaheen was among a group of senators who demanded in two letters that the IRS investigate nonprofits, including conservative groups, for being involved in political activities.


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire earlier this years filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demanding the IRS release its correspondence with Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.


According to the ACLJ, the lawsuit contends the IRS “is unlawfully delaying the release of information until after next week’s mid-term elections.” The complaint says the delay “has deprived Strong NH of the opportunity to obtain and effectively convey to the voting public vital information about those seeking re-election.”


“This is the latest in a series of actions by the IRS to interject itself into the election process – a move that reflects the unbridled arrogance of a tax agency out of control,” said ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow. “By refusing to release information between the IRS and a U.S. Senator and a Member of Congress in a timely manner in advance of next week’s election, the IRS is engaging in a deliberate campaign to prevent voters from gaining important information that could have an impact on the outcome of the election.”


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