Yesterday, the Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee met to hear from victims of the IRS targeting scandal. Although both conservative and progressive groups were invited to be a part of the process, not one progressive group testified.
The Examiner spoke exclusively with Tim Savaglio, Air Force retiree and a board member of the Liberty Township Tea Party. Mr. Savaglio testified during the proceedings yesterday, and confirmed that progressive groups were nowhere to be found, despite Jim Letizia and Ohio Public Radio’s assertion today that,
“The Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee met in Cincinnati Thursday to hear from conservative and progressive groups who claim they were targeted by the IRS.”
A typo, perhaps?
Savaglio did, however, take issue with a statement reported by a local ABC affiliate from a “concerned citizen” who commented on the testimony.
David Little, a Cincinnati Democrat, was quoted as saying,
“I would think tea party groups worried about the deficit would be glad the IRS is not granting tax-exempt status willy-nilly.”
Savaglio responded by saying,
“I would like to make it very clear we do not object to the process. Quite the contrary we think the process should be robust. However, we should not be given intrusive illegal questions to answer under penalty of law.”
Savaglio also confirmed that the Liberty Township Tea Party was initially asked 95 questions, and a full year later, 11 more questions followed. He said that “it is reasonable to expect that the questions posed have been vetted and are not of the questionable types that we have received.”
Some of the questions can be found here:
IRS Questions for Liberty Township TEA Party
One particularly bizarre question was number 26, which asks:
“Describe your relationship with Justin Binik-Thomas.”
Savaglio was perplexed about the question, and so was Mr. Binik-Thomas, who still has not received answers as to why he was singled out by the IRS. A local Fox affiliate reported that Binik-Thomas also testified at the hearing.
The Tea Party leader also did not understand why he still has not received a response from the IRS, a full three years after sending the initial application.
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