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. (Examnier Photo)

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 our Tea Party is delinquent in filing of Admissions, Lodging, and Meals Taxes with the city and as such our group has been targeted for a comprehensive audit.
What thuggery.

** I hope you all help me spread word of this obvious abuse of power.

 

 

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  1. Let me take a guess, Cynthia Carr is a registered Democrat and an Obama supporter/donor?

  2. Effin’ bureaucrats… Abusing their power to subdue political opponents.

    So, good people of Richmond…how do you feel about this?

  3. The Tea Party nationwide needs to follow the Democrat’s rules — SUE them, SUE them, SUE them!

  4. The corruption in government has worked it’s way all the way down to the local level. Richmond is no exception to the rule. The abuse of power by petty bureaucrats seems to be on the increase along with the abuse of power by the President. As long as the Justice Department and the Court System continues to turn a blind eye it will become worse. Politics in this country today has become an evil thing, it’s no wonder that God does not smile upon us anymore.

  5. I’m a bit confused by the letter. It is an audit for “admissions” tax as if they staged a concert or sporting event, and meals tax as if they were a restaurant or caterer.

    I thought the Tea Party was a political organization.

    Wonder if the city routinely audits the meetings held by the local Democrats.

  6. http://www.spokeo.com/search?q=Cynthia%20Carr#Mechanicsville, VA:1151052517&nt=t2
    Interesting information on Ms. Cynthia Carr, who signed the letter.

  7. Cynthia Carr’s e-mail and phone number is at the bottom of the document. She would respond favorably to receipt of feedback that was not vulgar or threatening

  8. The political class of both parties has decided to hang together rather than give back one inch of power. These hardball tactics show where this country is headed..The political class will go door to door raping and pillaging your personal property if that is what it takes to hold onto the easy life of any easy desk job with all expenses paid retirement at 55.

  9. It might be time to burn Richmond again. I can’t wait to hear what Mark Levin has to say about this outrage.

  10. Make it your mission to vote this POS out of office.
    Like the Weiner seat.

  11. At some point Governor McDonnell and the VA Atty Gen. will have to step in and be the adults in the room. Richmond politicos were obvious hypocrites, charging the Tea Party for park use while letting the taxpayers pay for the Occupy Protest. Seems fair to Chavez or to Obamao, but citizens see what’s happening and 2012 can’t get here soon enough. I wish the lame stream media would cover this blatant hypocrisy by elected officials.

  12. Obvious corruption. Go straight to the governor.

  13. Interesting that this complaint was written on a Saturday, I am surprised to see such dedication from a pubic servant. Unless her dedication is to suppressing the Tea Party and our American Freedoms.
    A Fruad & Abuse Complaint was filed against Mrs. Carr. This employee is engaging in activity intended to intimidiate a grass roots organization, suppress voter iniatives and her actions may be rooted in a racial and religious animus.

    follow the case here http://eservices.ci.richmond.va.us/applications/auditorhotline/default.aspx

    case #2011110008
    pw 9f+W%7Xsg

  14. @#5 m smith – exactly what I thought, what tax receipts would be due from a political rally?

    They need to audit the mayor’s office for the lodging tax due for the occupiers’ stays in the park, as it was authorized by the mayor.

  15. The TP needs to go over Carr’s head and appeal directly to Gov. McDonnell. He’s a true conservative and in all likelihood would quash this nonsense.

  16. 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.

    …On November 14th representatives of our Tea Party attended the City Council meeting to speak to the Mayor and Council during the citizen forum. Mayor Jones, apparently too busy to listen to his constituents, got up and left before we spoke. He had no problem inviting members of the Occupy group to his office for a closed door meeting days later, at the same time refusing to meet with us.

    His administration, however, found the time to send us an audit letter (provided in full below). No need for the city to audit the Occupiers, because, as the Mayor knows, all of their costs were provided by the taxpayers of Richmond.

    http://maroonedinmarin.blogspot.com/2011/11/richmond-va-tea-party-group-hit-with.html

    read more @ link

    Funny, Occupiers on the left get such special treatment and then Tea Party on the right gets audited. I think Carr needs to be investigated for signing such garbage.

  17. #3 Joy-O is spot on. This letter is nothing more than a government-sponsored effort to suppress or “chill” constitutionally-protected freedom of speech and assembly – and it should be actionable in a court of law.

  18. #5 and #14 – in the article linked, the Tea Party says they did NOT charge admission or have ANY sort of meals and lodging.

    The article says they filled out a form every month as required, and put 0’s appropriately in all the spaces for admission, meals, and lodging taxes.

    The bureaucrats doing this know full well that there was no admission, meals, or lodging associated with the tea party rallies.

    It angers me no end that the law is now applicable only to some and not to others, as evidenced by the fact that the OWS’ers are encouraged to help themselves to city property and resources, EVEN THOUGH it is against city code, while law-abiding citizens get the shaft.

    Well, and it saddens me, too. It’s like we have no law left.

  19. This is what is meant by ‘Take our Country back’, out of the hands of the cancerous corruption infecting every square foot of bureaucracy and ‘leadership’. This is just as bad as that idiot politician several years ago who wanted to define flagstaffes and protest signs as ‘potential weapons’, in an effort to prevent the TeaParty from engaging in free speech. Throw all the bums out!

  20. sounds like a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit to me…. but then what do I know?



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