Republican Congressman Mike turner has introduced a bill that would prohibit the IRS from misusing funds. the legislation comes after it was discovered that the IRS spent $50 million on over 200 conferences during the past two years.
At a hearing last week, Turner says he uncovered the practice of misusing funds when IRS officials were questioned about an expensive conference that recently made headlines when videos surfaced of IRS employees lines dancing and engaging in video parodies.
The holiday week continues for lawmakers in Washington – which means no more hearings on the IRS scandal. But there's no break for Ohio groups who say they were targeted - and are angry.
So-called social welfare groups don’t have to apply to the IRS, but donors often want to see IRS recognition before giving. Maurice Thompson is preparing a lawsuit on behalf of Ohio Tea Party groups, and says it would also seek to stop the IRS from targeting groups or individuals, as has happened in previous administrations.
Tea Party members from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana converged in Cincinnati today/yesterday to protest the recent IRS scandal.
Several hundred people gathered on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building. That’s where employees with the Cincinnati IRS office admittedly applied extra scrutiny to conservative and other groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax exempt status. Dee Cohen from Cincinnati calls the IRS and White House administration’s actions abusive.
Tea party activists want to show their unhappiness over extra IRS scrutiny with protest rallies.
Members of the Cincinnati tea party will gather at noon today in the city, then march to the nearby federal building. The building houses Internal Revenue Service offices that handled group applications for tax-exempt status. IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.
Other tea party groups also want activists in other cities to protest Tuesday at their local IRS offices.
Reaction to the IRS targeting several conservative groups is dividing some Ohio conservatives.
Tom Zawitowski is a Tea Party activist in Portgage County and was among those wrongly investigated by the IRS. The Ohio Republican Party this week sent out a email asking supporters to donate money to help fight the IRS. Speaking on All Sides with Ann Fisher today, Zawitowski called the email, “an example of how unconnected the Ohio Republican Party is with their base.”