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First Coast Tea Party: "We were discriminated against by IRS"

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Updated: 5/13/2013 6:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Jacksonville's First Coast Tea Party says they were one of many discriminated against by the IRS while applying for tax-exempt status. 

They're allegations that even have the president of the United States fired up.

"That's outrageous and there's no place for it," said President Barack Obama, if the allegations are true.

Today Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is calling for the resignation the IRS commissioner in light of reports the agency is deliberately targeting conservative organizations.

"I wasn't surprised. Lets put it like that," said First Coast Tea Party Executive Director Leanne King.

Tea Party groups have complained their applications for tax-exempt status faced extra scrutiny. First Coast Tea Party was one of them.

"The staggering thing to me at the time when I took things to get them mailed was, 'Oh my gosh, this is four pounds of paper,'" said First Coast Tea Party Chairman Carole McManus.

IRS officials say they were trying to deal with a large influx of the new tax-exempt requests. But some officials say they were aware the agency targeted groups with words like "tea party" in their names.

"I just felt that it was just way over the top and why is this necessary?" questioned McManus.

Even Florida Gov. Rick Scott is speaking out about this to Action News.

"I'm glad they're looking into this. We need to be very careful that we don't treat people differently," said Scott.

First Coast Tea Party members tell Action News they just hope now that the issue is front and center, something changes.

"I'm just glad that it has surfaced if there were intentions that were not honorable because that's not what we are about," said King.

McManus added, "I think we need to see our government at work because why did this happen in the first place?"

A congressman from Ohio is introducing legislation Monday that would punish IRS employees who discriminate with up to five years in prison.
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eviltwinmorgan - 5/14/2013 8:27 AM
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I'm sure the IRS just wanted to make sure the government wasn't about to subsidize a terrorist organization or hate group.

Truthbetold - 5/14/2013 12:24 AM
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Please tell me no one is surprised by this. If you are, PLEASE remove your head from the sand...
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