Tennessee Tea Partier Tells Congress: IRS Still Stonewalling Me

Kevin Kookogey testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee. In addition to founding he Linchpins of Liberty, he served as chair of the Williamson County Republican Party from 2011 until earlier this year. Image: C-SPAN

Kevin Kookogey testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee. In addition to founding Linchpins of Liberty, he served as chair of the Williamson County Republican Party from 2011 until earlier this year. Image: C-SPAN

The former chair of the Williamson County Republican Party was one of half a dozen to testify in Washington today, about the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.

Kevin Kookogey founded Linchpins of Liberty in 2011. He says wants help children learn about the Founding Fathers and other political philosophers. But the group has been inactive for almost two years. He says he’s been waiting just as long to receive 501c3 non profit status from the IRS. Like other Tea Party groups, he says he’s been stonewalled. He painted a picture of the invasive questions he’s been asked by the agency. He asked the committee, “can you imagine the reaction the students’ parents were I to turn the names of their children over to the IRS?”

Kookogey says he isn’t mentoring any children right now, because he doesn’t want to run afoul of the federal government.

On a lighter note, many members of the House committee were vexed by Kookogey’s last name. Here’s an exchange he had with Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan.

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