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IRS Sought Conservative Education Group’s Student Roster

The IRS last year sought a conservative education group’s student roster – and even delayed approval of its nonprofit status, which may have cost the organization a $30,000 grant.

Robby Soave of The Daily Caller reports the founder of the conservative education group Linchpins of Liberty says agency officials demanded that his group hand over sensitive information, including the names of all the students it worked with.

Lawyer Kevin Kookogey founded Linchpins of Liberty in Franklin,  Tennessee, in 2010 with the goal of educating youth about “individual liberty and morality, free markets, limited government, strong national defense, and the traditional principles of our moral and constitutional order which have been passed down through Western Civilization,” according to the organization’s  website.

Kookogey applied for nonprofit status in January 2011. Thirteen months later, the IRS sent him a long, intrusive questionnaire that asked — among many other things — the names of anyone who had ever received training from Linchpins of Liberty. …

“Can you imagine my responsibility to parents if I disclosed the names of their  children to the IRS?” Kookogey said in a statement to The Daily Mail. …

The IRS delayed approval of Linchpins for Liberty’s nonprofit status, causing Kookogey to lose a $30,000 grant. When he called the IRS to find out why the process was taking so long, an agent told him, “we are waiting on guidance from our superiors as to your organization and similar organizations.”

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