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Tea Party groups call IRS process 'nightmare'

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Tom Zawistowki, founder of the nonprofit Ohio Liberty Coalition, one of the region's largest groups affiliated with the national tea party movement, poses with a binder of documents he gave to the IRS, in Kent, Ohio.

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Anger over President Barack Obama's policies drove businessman Tom Zawistowski to file with the IRS nearly three years ago to create the Ohio Liberty Coalition. The group raised thousands of dollars to bus activists to rallies, run phone banks, and knock on doors. All the while, the group fought the IRS over its tax-exempt status. "They expected me to turn over the names of our members to the IRS. You'd have to kill me to get me to do that," said Zawistowski.
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