Wednesday, November 30, 2011

After Demanding Refund From City, Richmond Tea Party Gets Audit Letter

The City of Richmond charged the local tea party $10,000 to hold three rallies at the Kanawha Plaza … But the Occupy squatters were allowed to set up a tent city on the plaza for free.

After complaining about this double standard and demanding a refund the Richmond tea party received a letter last week that they are being audited.

Richmond tea party patriots hold a Tax Day rally in the plaza.

In late October the Richmond Tea Party sent a letter to city officials demanding a refund for the $10,000 the group spent on permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel for three rallies held at same plaza where the Occupy Richmond squatters set up their camp. Now the tea party is being audited.

Right Side News reported:

Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies; we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.

As reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.

The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.

The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.

Last week the tea party received this letter from the City of Richmond. They are being audited.

In the audit letter signed by Cynthia Carr, Field Auditor for the City of Richmond, it states that the Richmond Tea Party is delinquent in filing of Admissions, Lodging, and Meals Taxes with the city and as such their group has been targeted for a comprehensive audit.
What thuggery.

Courtesy Gateway Pundit


  1. Florrie, it absolutely IS jackbooted thuggery. The progressives are in effect attempting a bumbling, half-baked coup, from Obama right down through local mayors and councils.

    Bravo to the Richmond TP for shining a million candlepower spotlight on these cockroaches and for fighting back against their slimy shenanigans.

  2. I just hope they get some pro bono legal help to fight city hall. Big time.

  3. So, does the Richmond Tea Party charge admission to their events? Do they sell lodging or meals?

    If the answer to these questions is (as I strongly suspect) 'no'- then this is indeed nothing more than a blatant attempt to intimidate them into silence about the illegal actions of the mayor and city government in failing to enforce the laws in regard to Occupy Their Anus.

    Too bad the ACLU are such bloody communist twits, because in a just world, this would be the type of case they should take. Perhaps there are some attorneys left who are not thickly coated with the liberal tar brush who would like to bring this into both court and the media.

  4. Too bad the ACLU are such bloody communist twits, because in a just world, this would be the type of case they should take.

    I think you're exactly right, Dances. I keep hoping they can get the ACLJ and Jay Sekulow involved.