Friday, May 31, 2013

Press: Crapo Meeting Today With Idaho Tea Partiers 'Targeted' by IRS

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

An Idaho couple say they were among the Tea Party targets of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Phil and Leslie Damiano of Hayden Lake, leaders of the Tea Party Patriots of North Idaho, applied for political nonprofit status in 2012.

"We felt [the IRS] questions and what they were requiring to be too invasive," they told the Press. "So we just decided to bow out."

Leslie Damiano said IRS officials were asking for names of people involved in her organization, so she decided "to dissolve the group altogether."

Damino said the office of Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo contacted her regarding the matter.

The Press reports that Crpo will be meeting with the Damianos today in Post Falls.

"How could an agency with the power the Internal Revenue Service has engage in this kind of conduct and it not be politically motivated?" Crapo asked an IRS inspector general during a May 21 congressional hearing, adding that most people can understand why that type of conduct is concerning. "And that there was no finding of any kind of political motivation I think is almost beyond belief."

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