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Albuquerque Tea Party given tax-exempt status after 8 years

The Associated Press
July 18, 2017 01:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque Tea Party has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service after applying eight years ago.

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The Albuquerque Journal reports Graham Bartlett, president of the local Tea Party, says he was informed about a month ago that the group's request was going through.

Bartlett says the Albuquerque Tea Party requested tax-exempt status because it relies on donations and people tend to donate more when they know they can write it off on their taxes.

The group filed its request in December 2009. The Tea Party provided more than 1,000 pages of documentation about the group's activities.

Bartlett says he thinks the request was delayed so long because the IRS was "targeting any organization that had the name 'Tea Party' in it."

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://bit.ly/2u5tbGJ

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