UPDATED: Ways & Means to hear from IRS-targeted groups at hearing tomorrow

There will be six groups at a Ways and Means hearing tomorrow to testify as to how they were targeted by the IRS:

THE HILL – The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday will hear testimony from six conservative non-profit groups that were targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs, including one anti-abortion rights group that says the IRS tried to limit its protesting of Planned Parenthood.

Sue Martinek of the Coalition for Life of Iowa is one of the witnesses at tomorrow’s hearing, and she is expected to recount her experience trying to convince the IRS to grant her group tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) group.

Press reports indicate that her group was asked how often it prays and whether it considers these prayers to be “educational,” and that the IRS pressured the group to limit its advocacy against Planned Parenthood.

John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes gay marriage, will also testify. NOM has sued the IRS for leaking confidential information about their donors last year.

Representatives of four other Tea Party groups will also testify — each of them has joined a lawsuit against the IRS filed by the American Center for Law and Justice. The suit, filed on Thursday on behalf of about two dozen groups, argues that the IRS illegally delayed their applications for tax-exempt status.



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