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Merrimack Valley

May 16, 2013

Area activists speak out against IRS' alleged targeting of politically conservative groups

NORTH ANDOVER — Conservative activists in the Merrimack Valley vigorously condemned the IRS’ alleged targeting of the Tea Party and other right-of-center groups, brought to light this week by an IRS supervisor.

“I think it’s very distressing,” said Christine Morabito of Haverhill, who has headed the Greater Boston Tea Party for the last year and a half. It’s “frightening,” she said, that the organizations affected are “advocates for limited government.”

Morabito said she hopes the Justice Department will take “swift disciplinary action” against the offenders.

“I definitely do,” she said, when asked if she thinks the alleged actions might backfire against the Obama administration.

Barbara Anderson, longtime executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation and author of Proposition 2 1/2, the state law that has limited real estate tax increases to 2.5 percent per year since 1981, said last night her eyes were glued to her television, “waiting for President Obama to apologize” for what the IRS did.

She said she wanted to hear assurance from the president that bureaucrats who harassed “patriotic” groups will be held accountable. Noting that the 2014 election cycle will soon he happening, she said the IRS’ alleged actions appear to be “a deliberate attempt to halt conservative political activity.”

Anderson said she hopes the controversy will cause Americans to “wake up” and vote against bigger and bigger government. If the accusations are accurate, she said, the Obama administration is either “completely incompetent or dangerous.”

State Rep. James Lyons, R-Andover, who spoke at a meeting of Merrimack Valley Tea Partiers at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104 last night, noted he and other Republican legislators will offer a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the IRS’ actions.

Lyons was asked if there was any guarantee against the state Department of Revenue emulating its federal counterpart.

“I don’t think we have any guarantee,” Lyons said.

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