The timetable is unclear but U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott will decide if the NorCal Tea Party Patriots lawsuit filed against the IRS and 19 Cincinnati workers will go forward. A Motion to Dismiss hearing was held this week in federal court. Dlott said she will take the matter under submission.
The NorCal Tea Party is the lead plaintiff in the class-action suit. It seeks damages for "illegal and harassing behavior in the handling and processing of their applications for nonprofit status."
New IRS Commissioner John Koskinen came to Cincinnati Thursday to find out how the process of applying for 501 (c)(4) status can be more efficient and learn from employees what resources they need and what obstacles they have.
Koskinen is known as a turnaround specialist, having run Freddie Mac in the middle of the financial crisis, and guiding Penn Central Railroad and a teamsters pension fund. He was also President Clinton's Y2K czar in the late 1990s. He now aims to restore confidence in the Internal Revenue Service.
Several hundred Tea Party members rallied at noon Tuesday on Fountain Square before marching to the John Weld Peck Federal Building. They held signs and chanted slogans like "you work for us" and "the IRS has got to go."