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No Long Island group has surfaced among the nonprofits the IRS admitted it targeted from 2010 to 2012 for having “tea party,” “patriot,” “9/12” or a political word in its name. “I honestly don’t know of anybody personally that was stonewalled like that,” said Frank Seabrook, the former editor of the local tea party website Liberty Report.

“A lot of the tea party groups were loosely knit groups of people. They really weren’t organized in the legal kind of sense.” Stephen Flanagan, founder of the unincorporated tea party group Conservative Society for Action, said he had no problems two to three years ago when he filed with the IRS online to incorporate a nonprofit, CSA-Next Generation, for high school and college students. He said, “The whole process took about 60 days.”