RNC sues the IRS for illegally stalling, withholding FOIA request

RNC sues the IRS for illegally stalling, withholding FOIA request

RNC sues the IRS for illegally stalling, withholding FOIA request
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Tuesday for withholding records sought by the RNC’s 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

In released statement to Republican members through email, the RNC stated that the initial request, dated on May 21, 2013, they sought to review documents and correspondence related to criteria used for reviewing and approving 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations.

This request followed revelations that the IRS had been targeting conservative organizations, and the RNC sought to shed light on who had ordered actions to be taken against those groups and why.

Over the course of the last 226 business days, the IRS requested several extensions in order to complete the RNC’s request, but has yet to present the information to the RNC.

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