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Texas tea-party group says IRS asked questions about Walker recall

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A Tea Party group in Texas said the I-R-S asked them last year about their involvement in the verifying of petition signatures for Governor Scott Walker’s recall election. The Northeast Tarrant Tea Party in Fort Worth said federal tax agents wanted extensive information about all of the group’s activities. The I-R-S is on the hot seat for improperly examining conservative groups that asked for tax-exempt status – which critics say is meant to discourage free speech.

Julie McCarty, the group’s president, said the I-R-S wanted to know about the group’s involvement with “Verify the Recall” – in which a number of conservative groups checked whether 900,000 signatures for last year’s Walker recall vote were genuine. McCarty tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that her group’s work with the project was minimal. She doesn’t know why the I-R-S asked about it and quote, “I know I don’t trust them.” The I-R-S did not comment.

McCarty said her group was targeted unfairly, and it’s still waiting for a decision from the I-R-S on its tax-exempt status. If that decision doesn’t come by today, the American Center for Law and Justice says it will take legal action on the Tea Party’s behalf.