Late yesterday, attorneys for Tea Party Patriots (TPP), the nation’s largest tea party organization, sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel demanding they preserve all documents, emails, phone records, and other correspondence related to the targeting of tea party groups including their own and their locally affiliated groups as TPP reviews all legal recourse. They also demanded the termination of Sarah Hall Ingram who served as the official in charge of tax-exempt organizations during the time Tea Party Patriots were targeted, and now heads the IRS’s Obamacare office which oversees implementation.
The letter, sent by Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP, is available here: www.teapartypatriots.org/irs-letter/
“It is clear the IRS discriminated against citizens of this country and violated their basic Constitutional rights as corroborated by the Inspector General Report. Sarah Hall Ingram allowed and possibly encouraged the outrageous and discriminatory tactics toward Tea Party Patriots based on political ideology, clearly violating her supposedly unbiased office,” said Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder and National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “We do not trust the IRS to implement the Affordable Care Act in a fair and equal manner and further do not trust anyone who was involved in targeting tea party groups to administer the Affordable Health Care Act in a fair and equal manner. Discrimination while making those decisions would not only impact Constitutional rights but could very well impact life and death decisions for all Americans.
“We certainly do not trust Sarah Hall Ingram to be anywhere near our incredibly sensitive health care decisions. It appears the administration has rewarded her for allowing the discriminatory actions rather than disciplining her. She must be terminated or resign immediately for her disgraceful actions.
“These unfolding revelations about the IRS are the reason why our group is reviewing all legal recourse, and why we cannot take any chances with their documentation of targeting against us.”