The advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is continuing to press ahead with a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service to force it to reject tax exemptions from political groups, despite a high-profile scandal over improper screening of Tea Party and other conservative groups.

CREW filed a brief Friday in Gill v. Dep’t of the Treasury, responding to the IRS’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of standing.  The lawsuit, brought by CREW, former Illinois congressional candidate Dr. David Gill, and his campaign committee, challenges an IRS regulation allowing 501(c)(4) organizations to be “primarily engaged” in promoting social welfare, while the Tax Code dictates such groups be “operated exclusively” for social welfare purposes.

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