The Internal Revenue Service has apologized after admitting it targeted and investigated Tea Party and other conservative groups around the country, including the Richmond Tea Party.
Now some groups are threatening to sue according to Politico.com. The agency says that although their actions were inappropriate, laws were not broken.
According to WTVR, the Richmond Tea Party President Larry Nordvig said that beginning in 2009 and lasting until 2011, the group fielded what he believed to be an unusually high number of questions by the IRS, challenging the validity of its non-partisanship, questioning its application to have tax-free status.
“For us for two years it was like tax day every day,” Nordvig said. ”They asked for specific communication and personal information from members that was out of line.”
Nordvig told WTVR that the investigation cost the Richmond Tea Party thousands of dollars and countless working hours.
According to WTVR, Lois Lerner, the Director of Tax Exempt Statuses for the IRS, apologized Friday saying she just learned of the practice this year.
However in a report obtained by CBS News set for release later this week, senior level IRS officials learned of the practice in 2011. Yet, then-Commissioner Douglas Shulman, continued to deny the intentional investigations to congress saying in 2012 that “there is absolutely no targeting.”
The White House has called for a full-scale investigation, emphasizing the IRS is an independent agency.
As for the Richmond Tea Party, the organization is unclear about what happens next.