Tea Party Group Details Harassment, Seeks Disclosure Exemption
Posted at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2013
A tea party political group has provided the Federal Election Commission with a detailed list of what it feels are threats, harassment, or reprisals from government officials or private parties, and seeks an exemption from filing disclosure reports.
The Tea Party Leadership Fund, a non-connected hybrid political action committee based in Alexandria, Virginia, has requested an advisory opinion from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) stating it is entitled to exemptions from reporting and disclosure requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. The advisory opinion request was made public by the FEC on 9/27.
Although it is not a minor party, the group states the Supreme Court “has rejected an ‘unduly narrow view’ of the Buckley test and has refused to limit the ability to obtain exemption from disclosure to minor parties.” The group claims the “Court made exemption available to any organization established for advocacy purposes that could establish a reasonable probability that disclosure would result in threats, harassment, or reprisals from government officials or private parties.”
View the full advisory opinion request (AOR 2013-17) and attachments detailing actions by the IRS, the Obama Administration, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Media, and Private Actors.
The requested was submitted Dan Backer of DB Capitol Strategies, and Paul Kamenar the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation.
Interested persons may comment on advisory opinion requests. Written comments must be addressed to the Commission’s Office of General Counsel and must be submitted with ten days after the AOR is made public. View FEC brochure on advisory opinions.
The Tea Party Leadership Fund reported it had receipts of $1,171,143 from April 2012 through December 2012, and has raised $1,377,023 in the first six months of 2013.