May 17, 2013
Today, the Thomas More Society offered over 150 pages of analysis and evidence to the House Ways and Means Committee about repeated IRS harassment of pro-life organizations.
At the request of Congressman Aaron Schock, R-IL, Thomas More Society President Thomas Brejcha, Executive Director Peter Breen, and Special Counsel Sally Wagenmaker, prepared the legal memorandum with what they say is solid evidence of IRS harassment of pro-life organizations dating back to 2009.
The memo details the history of alleged IRS misconduct in the cases of three organizations represented by the Thomas More Society. The abuse dates back further than the now-publicized 2010 complaints and extends beyond the IRS’s recently exposed Cincinnati office to also include the tax agency’s California operations in the charges of blatant bias.
The IRS office in El Monte, California, began harassing Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, Texas, in 2011, according to the society.
“In a series of questions penned by Exempt Organization Specialist Tyrone Thomas from the California office,” the IRS ordered Christian Voices for Life “to explain its content, message, and prayers as if they were engaging in highly offensive or criminal behavior,” the society stated in a press release.
Coalition for Life of Iowa faced nearly 10 months of interrogation after applying for tax exempt status in October 2008. The society states that the 150-page document delivered to Congress on Friday shows the group was asked about its opposition to Planned Parenthood and that a female representative from the Cincinnati office of the IRS “unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood” in the future.
Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the group’s prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.
The society states the IRS office in Chicago called Daniel and Angela Michael of Small Victories, a pro-life organization, every two-to-three weeks for a year beginning in January 2011. The year-long probe found no illegal activities.