The emerging controversy over how the Internal Revenue Service applied greater scrutiny to conservative groups is headed to federal court in Washington.
A Texas-based conservative group called True the Vote, Inc. filed suit Tuesday against the IRS in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint for declaratory action against the agency echoes revelations last week that the IRS used political criteria to target conservative groups for extra scrutiny on applications from tax-exempt organizations.
True the Vote says the IRS targeted its application—which has been pending for three years—because of the its political affiliation with Tea Party organizations. The group wants a judge to declare the IRS policy of targeting groups unconstitutional and enjoin the agency from the behavior in the future.