The Internal Revenue Service is facing renewed pressure over its reluctance to grant tax-exempt status to political fundraising and advocacy organizations, particularly Tea Party-affiliated groups.

Several of the groups claim that the IRS has been asking them for detailed information on their contributors and operations before granting them tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organization, and they are receiving support from some Republican lawmakers who are crying foul.

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