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Wetumpka Tea Party president gives emotional testimony to House Ways and Means Committee

WASHINGTON – In what was at times dramatic testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, Becky Gerritson, president of the Wetumpka Tea Party, revealed the ordeal her organization went through while trying to obtain non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Gerritson told the committee that IRS cashed check for her groups’ tax exempt application in 7 days with the IRS saying a decision should come in 90 days. However, the final ruling from IRS ultimately took 635 days she said.

But perhaps the most noteworthy highlight of Gerritson’s testimony came at the very end when she gave an impassioned plea about the direction of the U.S. government.

“This was not an accident,” Gerritson said. “This is a willful act of intimidation to discourage a point of view. What the government did to our little group in Wetumpka, Ala. is un-American. It isn’t a matter of firing or arresting individuals. The individuals who sought to intimidate us were acting as they thought they should in a government culture that has little respect for its citizens.”

“Many of the agents and agencies of the federal government do not understand that they are servants of the people,” she continued. “They think they are our masters and they are mistaken. I’m not interested in scoring political points. I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in, the America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of and I am terrified it is slipping away.”

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