N.J. tea party group joins anti-IRS suit

Posted: May 30, 2013

A South Jersey tea party group, in conjunction with two dozen other conservative groups nationwide, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the IRS, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.

The Elmer-based Greenwich Tea Party Patriots of South Jersey and the other groups allege that the IRS "unlawfully delayed and thereby effectively denied approval" of their applications for tax-exempt status. They allege that the government violated their First Amendment right to free speech and Fifth Amendment right to due process.

The suit, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, calls for the groups to be granted tax-exempt status immediately.

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