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Ohio Liberty Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Contact: Tom Zawistowski, TomZ@OhioLibertyCouncil.org 330-592-1848

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OHIO LIBERTY COUNCIL WELCOMES QUESTIONS BY SENATORS REGARDING IRS ACTIONS AGAINST TEA PARTY GROUPS Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio Liberty Council welcomed the letter sent today, March 14, 2012, by 12 Republican Senators questioning IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman about his agency's treatment of grassroots political entities such as local TEA Party groups. Among the letters signers was Ohio Senator Rob Portman who took the lead in drafting the letter along with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UH). Other signers included Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rand Paul (R-KY), Chuck Grassley (RIA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Pat Roberts (R-KS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kay Baily Hutchinson (R-TX), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and John Thune (R-SD). In their letter Senators reminded the IRS that “It is critical that the public have confidence that federal tax compliance efforts are pursued in a fair, even-handed, and transparent manner – without regard to politics of any kind.” For the past two months, hundreds of TEA Party groups and other conservative non-profit organizations across the country have suddenly received letters from the IRS demanding information about their members, donors, speakers at their events, affiliation with elected officials, and other highly confidential information. Ohio Liberty Council President Tom Zawistowski said, “We welcome this support from Republican Senators in our efforts to protect and defend the Constitutional rights of our organization and of our member organizations. We are particularly appreciative of the request in their letter for the IRS to produce “any correspondence between the IRS employees, or between or among the IRS, the Department of Treasury, and the White House” concerning requests for donor information that conflicts with standing IRS Policy. They further asked the IRS to provide copies of all IRS inquires sent to, and responses received from, Priorities USA a left leaning 501(c)4 organization. These are prudent and important questions that needed to be asked and to be answered. We look forward to reading these documents.” The Ohio Liberty Council is a council of leaders whose purpose is to unite conservative grassroots organizations for greater effectiveness in the state and nation, and to provide resources for member organizations to strengthen their groups. The OLC currently has over 75 liberty-minded groups across Ohio who are members of its coalition.

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