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NHTPC Founder: IRS Didn't Target 'Legitimate' Tea Party Groups

Prominent New Hampshire politicians react as well.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made many headlines in the last several days by admitting to specifically targeting conservative groups for audits and similar inquiries.

Though the controversy revolves primarily around groups associated with the "Tea Party" movement, New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition (NHTPC) founder Jane Aitken said her liberty-minded organization was not among those targeted by the IRS.

"It's political warfare, for people to use their political power to go after others," Aiken told Bedford Patch. "It's despicable no matter who is being targeted, though we, as a legitimate Tea Party group, were not impacted."

"While we decry the practice of using the IRS to target anyone, we have not been subject to this scrutiny because we as the original movement do not collect/distribute or deal with money," said Aitken, in a prepared statement. "Many of the groups in question are GOP PACs founded by GOP consultants calling themselves 'tea parties'."

In fact, the NHTPC published the following message on its website to clarify its stance on the matter:

There’s been a lot of buzz in the media lately about so-called ‘tea party’ groups who were apparently targeted by the IRS. For legitimate groups, this could only have been a good thing.

For example, the “Tea Party Patriots” claim to be the “nation’s largest tea party organization.” Really? You could have fooled us. They are actually a GOP PAC started by GOP consultants, back in 2009. Jenny Beth Martin is known to have sent NH residents letters begging to raise $10M to underwrite her jet setting ways.

Same goes for the “Tea Party Express” a silly bus that carries a road show around, featuring mostly establishment Republicans. This group is another GOP PAC that was created in 2009 by GOP consultant Sal Russo (a man who described Mitt Romney as ‘inspirational’) in the hopes he could ‘water down’ the agenda of the real movement. Recently, TPE’s spokesperson Amy Kremer said Americans had no choice but to trust the president in matters of foreign policy… Uh, no. Foreign policy was one of the lynchpin issues of the tea party and remains so, considering that Obama has employed Bush 43′s agenda on steroids.

Then we have something called “TheTeaparty.net”. This group is really a creation of TownHall.com an existing, mainstream, “conservative” blogging site. It is 100% neocon. This group employs among others, a professional fundraiser named Todd Cefaratti who has already been caught absconding with almost half million dollars collected from unsuspecting people who thought they were donating to a movement when they sent him their money through a website he set up using the tea party name.

Then there is “Tea Party Nation” run by the self-absorbed narcissist Atty Judson Phillips (he’s even got a link with his name on it on his tea party website) who sent voter guides to New Hampshire residents containing wrong information about the positions of certain candidates. The last two mailers we received from that group were what is called “unsolicited commercial spam”. What a way to use your members’ email addresses! We will never do that.

Just remember these folks had little or nothing to do with the formation of the legitimate tea party movement in 2007. When you donate to them, you may as well be donating to the very GOP candidates that have turned their backs on you. At the very least, the money is going straight to GOP lobbyists, consultants, and a full slate of employees.

The tea party movement in NH remains what it was from the start — an unfunded libertarian effort started by many young people across the nation who still work for your liberty without collecting a cent or automatically endorsing GOP candidates. We don’t claim to speak for you in DC either. We instead will continue to attempt to educate and inform those who will listen, and hope they’ll do the right thing on their own.

New Hampshire Politicians React

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was among a number of Democrats to publicly criticize the "undue scrutiny on organizations based on their political affiliations."

"The news that the IRS targeted organizations for additional review based on their political affiliations is deeply troubling and deserves full investigation. This was an outrageous abuse of power that goes against some of our nation’s founding principles. The IRS cannot be in the business of singling out organizations based on their political beliefs, and the President should act quickly and decisively in holding those responsible for this abuse accountable."

On the other side of the aisle, former New Hampshire Speaker Bill O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon) called on U.S. Congresswomen Ann Kuster (NH District 2) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH District 1)  to follow Shaheen's lead.

“With the latest chilling revelations of targeting of conservative and Jewish groups by the IRS, the specter of governmental tax persecution based on politics has now been exposed. It is highly disappointing that we in New Hampshire have not heard either of our House members join with those calling for a U.S. House investigation of these IRS abuses," said O'Brien

Shea-Porter, Monday, issued a statement against the IRS actions.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable for the IRS to single out organizations based on political affiliation," she said. "We don’t tolerate discrimination in this country, and if reports of IRS employees violating this standard are true, they should be held accountable.” 

O'Brien, who is rumored to be challenging Kuster in 2014, made especially pointed comments at the first-term congresswomen.

“As an attorney who should know the history of political abuse by federal agencies, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster should not let party loyalty stand in the way of doing all she can to investigate and prevent the IRS targeting Americans, including her constituents, based on political and religious beliefs alone. She needs to speak out now on how this abuse is corrosive to our citizens’ trust in government," added O'Brien, in a statement sent out to New Hampshire media outlets Monday. “Given her recent tax problems, Representative Kuster must be aware of the awesome power of the IRS to use its authority over taxes to disrupt lives. She should be leading the call for an investigation. Not only her conservative and Jewish constituents, but all those who care about avoiding government abuse based on politics should call on her to file a resolution now to have the investigation begin.”

Apljak May 14, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I find it amazing that all of these recent Obama Administration scandals only involve low level employees! Hopefully, others in the press will finally start to do their job so that we can get to the facts and truth.
Steve From NH May 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I think Jane was backing the IRS on this one and saying that the IRS had a right and a duty to go after these frauds. DId you read the article? P.S. I'll take a few "scandals" like this over incompetently executed unneccesary unfunded wars and a financial collapse any day.
Apljak May 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Unfortunately, Obama will bring you scandals of all types! He's even going after heis "friends" in the press now! We are now seeing that corruption knows no boundaries!
Apljak May 14, 2013 at 02:13 PM
It's about time the Teflon is wearing off. It's too bad that covering up the deaths of 4 Americans wasn't enough, it actually took people's taxes and ultimately, bothering the press, to cause the rest of America to wake up to this guy's corruption!!
Tammy May 14, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Wow! I agree with Jane, somewhat.lol
Apljak May 14, 2013 at 04:22 PM
and do you support the use of the IRS for treacherous reasons?
Jane Aitken May 15, 2013 at 01:25 PM
@Apljack et al: We, or I never 'backed' the IRS. We still decry the use of the IRS by Obama's minions to harass or target anyone. I am simply saying they went after these groups because they are PACs not original movement groups from 2007 which do not collect money or endorse candidates or have any affiliation with groups that do, including the GOP. The tea party is about issues. So no, we do NOT support the use of the IRS for treacherous reasons, as seems to be the case here. Sorry to disappoint you Steve. LOL
Jane Aitken May 15, 2013 at 01:28 PM
I also found it interesting that groups were targeted who not only had those key words 'tea party' 'patriots' or '9/12' in their titles, but any group whose issues included government spending, debt, or taxes, educating the public to try to 'make America a better place to live', or who criticized 'how the country is being run'. Wow, just wow. I mean how dare these criminals want to make America a better place or stop government debt? Ludicrous! http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/tea-party-group-got-added-irs-look-list-221015152.html
Apljak May 15, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Jane, i am glad you took a moment to clarify as I think that the use of your website statement was conveniently used to misrepresent your position. To clarify, the treachery question was meant for Tammy, the self-proclaimed Republican who has yet to agree with one conservative here on Patch. The lady doth protest too much, me thinks! A wolf in sheep's clothing maybe?? Your position has been stridently clear and only a casual observer would be able to be misled as to your statement. Keep up your great work on exposing the educational "snafu" being surreptitiously implemented locally! Many here have called you nasty names and made claims as to your "mental state". Funny how recent events support the notion that many "conspiracy theories" have significant factual foundations and the "theorist" must steadfastly withstand the slings and arrows of apologist sycophants while the layers are peeled away!
Apljak May 15, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Jane, And yet they grant retro-active tax exempt status for Malik Obama's illegal charity... http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/14/irs-official-lerner-approved-exemption-for-obama-brothers-charity/
Apljak May 15, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Jane, While also providing confidential information to George Soros and his friends... http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/george-soros-funded-propublica-ties-to-irs-attacks-on-tea-party-and-patriot-groups-10351/ http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/14/irs-sent-confidential-info-on-conservatives-to-liberal-nonprofit-propublica/
Reality Geezer May 15, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Paranoia is the norm here........................
Jane Aitken May 15, 2013 at 04:34 PM
In this case, cause for concern is a well-documented reality, but for some living in fantasy land, it's 'paranoia'. (until of course it involves them)
Jane Aitken May 15, 2013 at 04:43 PM
@Apljak: Ah yes, those who whine and blame 'conspiracies' are sort of using it as the new 'racism'. You know, anyone who disagrees with ANYTHING Obama says or does is a 'racist'? When you don't have an answer to the question you follow Saul Alinsky and create a slur, accuse the person of a lie, in order to reduce the target to anything other than the subject, just to deflect from the fact that you have nothing to counter it. (Thinking back to when Atlant accused me of 'making up' Zandra Rice Hawkins' bogus press release that put an end to any credibility her GSP group might have once had...)
Apljak May 15, 2013 at 04:50 PM
RG, Maybe you should take your own advice, shelter off from the real world and politics, and just enjoy the time you have left sheltered in blissful ignorance; especially at this tremendously difficult time... ;-)
Tammy June 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Apljak-No, I would not. However, from what I have seen so far, they were only doing their jobs. The shortcuts they took to weed out potential erroneous applications for additional info makes sense, but does not look good.
Tammy June 04, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Apljak-I think your first error is assuming all Republicans would be conservative. We are not. Not all Democratic Party members are liberal either. Politics are not black and white and both major parties have attempted to be big tents in the recent past. Most Americans do not fit under the labels of conservative or liberal as defined by the media and pundits today.

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