Earlier this morning, several members of the Kentucky 9/12 Project, the Richmond Tea Party, and Ohio Liberty met with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in Washington, DC, to discuss plans for civil suits against the IRS for the admitted intimidation and targeting they received after applying for tax exempt status.
TheBlaze has been in contact with Kentucky 9/12 leader Eric Wilson as well as Richmond Tea Party's Executive Director Larry Nordvig today. According to our sources, as many as 20 groups are currently assembling to consider filing lawsuits. Because some of the groups have had their non-profit status approved, while others are still waiting, and some just gave up the fight -- there may need to be different kinds of legal action filed.
That action could take the form of either individual civil suits seeking damages or a class action suit that would allow many of the estimated 500 groups who may have been targeted by the IRS for intrusive questioning.
Eric Wilson of the Kentucky 9/12 group told TheBlaze that no formal suit as been drafted just yet, but plans are to file a suit as early as next week.
Also happening this morning, a joint press conference with members of the House and Senate where some of those considering action will be present. From the release:
Washington, D.C. -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Mike Lee, and Senator Ted Cruz will join Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06), members of Congress, and Tea Party leaders for a press confernce today at 9:30AM at the House Triangle to discuss the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.
TheBlaze is in contact with Rep. Bachmann's office and will add any additional reports as we receive them.
Following the Press conference, this story will be updated.