Two class action lawsuits filed by “Tea Party” groups were settled by the Trump administration. The lawsuits alleged that Obama’s Department of Justice discriminated against them due to their “ideology.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday, that more than 400 conservative groups, that had their tax exempt status applications delayed “based solely on their viewpoints or ideology,” will receive a settlement.
“The [Internal Revenue Service]’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,” Sessions said in a statement Thursday. “It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.”
Two separate cases are involved, one including 41 conservative groups and another that was filed by 428 plaintiffs.
The IRS targeting scandal was uncovered in 2013 after the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report outlining the purposeful delay of tax exempt status applications filed. The delaying tactics applied to groups that had “conservative” or “tea party” or “patriot” in some part of the organization’s name.
The IRS admitted it’s wrongdoing and apologized for their actions. This settlement comes just days after the House Judiciary Committee released DOJ emails from the Obama administration. It was found that the DOJ was funneling big bank settlements to liberal groups, while excluding conservative groups.
The lawyer representing the plaintiffs gave a statement to Fox News on Thursday. While excited about the win, the lawyer expressed concern about the IRS’s lack of transparency.
“The Government’s generous settlement with the Class Plaintiffs fully vindicates their claims that the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups based on their viewpoint,” lead counsel for the conservative groups, Eddie Greim, told Fox News in an email. “However, like Lois Lerner’s stated apology back in 2013, any recent so-called ‘apology’ by the IRS has little value. That is because the Service continues to suggest that its targeting was really just ‘mismanagement.’”