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05/15/2013 03:19 pm ET

Colorado Tea Party Patriots, Western Slope Conservative Alliance Claim To Be Targeted By IRS

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At least two Colorado Tea Party groups are claiming that they too were caught up in the discriminatory auditing tactics admitted to by the Internal Revenue Service last week.

According to a report by The Denver Post, both the Colorado Tea Party Patriots and the Western Slope Conservative Alliance say they applied for 501(c)4 --a tax exempt "social welfare" status -- in 2010 but are still waiting on permission to operate under the tax code.

"We’re trying to get our application reinstated due to their malfunction," Regina Thomson with the Colorado Tea Party Patriots told 7News.

On Tuesday, Reps. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) and Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) expressed their frustration with the scandal and asked for the IRS to deliver the number of Colorado groups affected by the tactics.

If an organization had the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their application for tax exemption they were targeted, leading to the inappropriate targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election by an independent governmental agency.

At the time, Douglas Shulman, the then-IRS Commissioner appointed by President George W. Bush testified in March 2012 before the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight that "There is absolutely no political targeting."

On Wednesday House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that criminal acts may have been committed by the IRS.

"My question isn't about who is going to resign. My question is who's going to jail over this scandal," Boehner told reporters Wednesday.

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