LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A Tri-State tea party group is now part of the lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service.
The Liberty Township Tea Party announced Tuesday that it is one of 41 plaintiffs in a complaint filed by the American Center for Law and Justice.
The complaint accuses the IRS of violating the constitutional rights of the groups.
The suit was filed against the IRS and individual IRS employees who the plaintiffs accuse of having a part in the extra screening of certain groups who applied for tax-exempt status.
The groups claim the extra scrutiny violated their First and Fifth Amendment rights.
In a release, group member Tim Savaglio said, "We regret that we have to go to court with our own government and this action is counter to our core beliefs. However, the government has given us no option with their interagency on this issue and current silence on the disposition of our application."
Liberty Township Tea Party members said they answered more than 100 questions from the IRS while applying for a 501C3 status with the IRS in May 2010 but received "no disposition of their application."
"This and the other scandals that plague our government come from a lack of leadership. The Executive Office has failed to set a strong standard of acceptable behavior," LTTP leader Susan McLaughlin said in a release.
The lawsuit comes as a congressional panel continues its investigation into the alleged scandal at the embattled agency.
The lawsuit is available in its entirety in a view below or at: http://media.aclj.org/pdf/tea-party-complaint-amended.pdf
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