Ohio Tea Party IRS

July 3, 2013 - 3:35 AM
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 21, 2013 file photo, tea party activists demonstrate on Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati to protest the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Tea party activists in Ohio want to turn an enemy - the IRS - into an ally as they fight continued efforts to expand Medicaid. In a confidential email sent to fellow Ohio tea party leaders and obtained by The Associated Press, Tom Zawistowski laid out a strategy for invoking a little-known IRS provision that allows citizens to challenge executive salaries and the nonprofit statuses of charitable hospitals. In a phone interview Tuesday, July 2, 2013, Zawistowski called it "hilarious" that tea party groups that came under extra scrutiny by the IRS are now using an IRS law to target others. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)