Tea party groups' lawsuit against IRS over reported extra scrutiny moves forward

CINCINNATI – A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit filed by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service.

Judge Susan Dlott (duh-LOT’) on Thursday declined a request by the federal government to dismiss claims that the IRS subjected conservative groups to additional scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

That means attorneys for the groups can seek evidence from the government to prove their case, and it can go to trial.

Dlott did dismiss one of the tea party groups’ claims, ruling that they couldn’t pursue allegations of privacy violations on behalf of their individual members.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment Friday, citing the pending litigation.

Edward Greim, the lead attorney for the tea party groups, called Dlott’s ruling a victory.