Jewish Lobbying Group Wins Suit Against IRS–Targeted Because of Being Pro-Israel
A pro-Jewish lobbying organization called Z Street recently filed a lawsuit against Obama’s IRS after the agency refused to give the group a tax status because, the IRS said, the group might be funding terrorism in Israel.
As Lori Lowenthal Marcus said on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show:
“They told us terrorism happens in Israel. Therefore, they had to look into our organization because they thought we might be funding terrorism. We’re a purely educational entity. We didn’t fund anybody. We barely funded ourselves.”
Z Street filed a lawsuit after being told by Obama’s IRS why they were holding up the tax status.
Well, at last a federal judge found in favor of the group and against the IRS.
…a court decision that was handed down earlier this week about a similar instance of potential government misconduct may shed more light on the way the Tea Party and other right-wing organizations were given the business by Lois Lerner and the rest of what appears to be a highly politicized bureaucracy at the heart of our tax collection system.
On Tuesday, Federal Judge Ketanje Brown Jackson issued the first substantive ruling in any suit that challenged the IRS’s pose of political neutrality under the Obama administration. The case concerns Z Street, a Philadelphia area-based pro-Israel organization that filed for tax-exempt status in December 2009 because of its role in educating the public about Israel and the Middle East conflict. The group’s founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote in the Jewish Press this week about what followed:
“On July 19, 2010, when counsel for Z STREET spoke with the IRS agent to whom the organization’s application had been assigned, that agent said that a determination on Z STREET’s application may be further delayed because the IRS gave ‘special scrutiny’ to organizations connected to Israel and especially to those whose views ‘contradict those of the administration’s.'”
This is important because as The Wall Street Journal pointed out after the verdict:
This ruling will force the IRS to open its books on the procedures it used and decisions it made reviewing Z Street’s tax-exempt application, procedures it has tried to keep shrouded. As the case proceeds, Z Street’s attorneys can seek depositions from many who have been part of the larger attempt to sit on similar applications by other conservative groups.
We may at last be on the verge of holding at least ONE Obama agency to account for its un-American, illicit actions.
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