Conservative Tennessee Group: IRS Targeted Us

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(Franklin, TN) The leader of a Tennessee group that mentors high school and college students in conservative political philosophy says his group constantly had roadblocks put in place by the Internal Revenue Service.

Kevin Kookogey, founder and president of Linchpins of Liberty, told the Tennessean, “the IRS made “ultraburdensome” requests for information about his donors, his political views and the content of his talks to students after he applied for tax-exempt status in January 2011. He said he lost a $30,000 grant from an organization that couldn’t understand the holdup but needed to move on.”

Linchpins of Liberty has been seeking 501(c)(3) status as an educational organization but has been inactive since 2011 due to the issues with the IRS.

“Our ideas are opposed to the Obama administration, but we’re not tea party,” said Kookogey.

According to the Tennessean, ‘The American Center for Law & Justice demanded Monday that the IRS immediately grant 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status to Linchpins of Liberty and nine other groups it represents across the country.”

An inspector general report found for more than 18 months beginning in early 2010, the IRS developed and followed a faulty policy to determine whether the applicants were engaged in political activities, which would disqualify the groups from receiving tax-exempt status.

President Obama says the actions are “intolerable and inexcusable.”

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