Catherine Engelbrecht says her IRS troubles started when she filed for tax exempt status for the King Street Patriots and True the Vote, two groups she founded.
"This is something that transcends politics."
But she thinks it was politics that got she and her husband visits from the FBI, OSHA, The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and of course.. the IRS. She claims the IRS buried them in paperwork and with requests for information. Three years later they have still no resolution, which limits their ability to accept donations. Now the IRS has admitted that it had indeed targeted tea party groups for scrutiny..
"When the IRS came forward last week and said you know what.. this is just a few local folks in Cincinnati who've taken it upon themselves to single out groups.. that was not our experience.. we talked to an analysts who said they were getting their orders out of Washington." she says.
The FBI is now investigating the IRS.. The head of the IRS that oversees tax exept organizations has apologized.. and White House spokesperson Jay Carney says the president is awaiting a full report from the Inspector General on the claims.
"He has no tolerance for the targeting of specific groups."
We spoke with Congressman Ted Poe about this. He has looked into the King Street Patriot's situation and believes that they were indeed targeted by the IRS. He says this is not the first administration to use the IRS to go after political opponents..
"It has always been wrong. No matter who the targeted group was. To go after them for political reasons and here we have it again. it shows the power of the taxman is insurmountable and congress is long overdue reining in the IRS."
Engelbrecht says they will be filing a lawsuit against the IRS sometime this week.