Two more Colorado groups claim IRS discrimination

DENVER - Two more conservative political groups in Colorado say they were targeted by the Internal Revenue Service to make it hard for them to get tax exemptions.

The Coalition for a Conservative Majority and the Citizen Awareness Project join the Western Slope Conservative Alliance and the Colorado Tea Party Patriots who say they were forced to wait for official permission to operate under the tax code.

The Western Slope Conservative Alliance and the Colorado Tea Party Patriots applied for nonprofit status in 2010. After more than two years both groups have not received official permission to operate under the tax code.

"There was no communication from the IRS for another 22 months (after our application was submitted)," Colorado Tea Party Patriots President Regina Thomson told 7NEWS.  "We’re trying to get our application reinstated due to their (the IRS) malfunction."

According to the Denver Post, the groups have small budgets and hold picnics and forums and they try to recruit neighbors to hear about conservative ideas.

The U.S. Treasury Department's Inspector General has issued a report that found that for more than 18 months, the IRS specifically targeted conservative groups. The IRS and Justice Department have launched a criminal investigation.

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