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US reaches large financial settlement with targeted Tea Party groups, but the battle is far from over

Published in Blog on December 05, 2017 by Convention of States Project

Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG), the parent organization of the Convention of States Project, announced last month that the United States entered into a generous financial settlement to pay the claims of each of over 400 groups who were targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs.

The suit, funded for four years by CSG, represents a huge victory for the people over an abusive federal government. 

Unfortunately, as CSG President Mark Meckler explains, the IRS's refusal to apologize means no guarantee exists that the same kind of abuse won't happen again:

“Sadly, not even a court can force the IRS to apologize or admit to its wrongdoing. Those remedies are unknown to the law.  A true reckoning is finally up to the agency itself. Until the IRS itself steps forward to admit what really happened, we cannot have faith that the same abuse won’t be repeated again. It is easy for the IRS to abuse its toolbox of policies and procedures that seem neutral on their face, just like the superficially innocent process of “centralization” that Lois Lerner and others used as an excuse to abuse the targeted groups. So truly, it is not just targeted groups who need an apology. Every taxpayer and group, whether or not targeted in this particular scheme, has a right to demand a truthful apology based on the facts and a real reckoning. Before Commissioner Koskinen leaves office, Citizens for Self-Governance calls on him to do the right thing.” 

Only one solution can end federal overreach once and for all. An Article V Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of organizations like the IRS. The feds will always abuse their power, but a Convention of States can limit that power so they're able to do as little damage as possible.


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