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Wetumpka woman sits in on congressional hearing of IRS targeting probe

Becky Gerritson in an interview immediately following the release of the IRS investigation. Becky Gerritson in an interview immediately following the release of the IRS investigation.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The former head of the IRS is under fire. He sat before the House Ways and Means Committee answering questions about the IRS' alleged targeting of conservative groups.

In the room with them, a lady from Wetumpka, watching all the action unfold.

As officials questioned former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller about unfair treatment of conservative groups, Wetumpka Tea Party President and Founder Becky Gerritson was in the room.

"I wanted to be part of that and that's why I'm here," she told WSFA 12 News over the phone.

"The Ways and Means Committee was just asking questions on, you know, on who is it that was sending out these questionnaires? Who authorized these questions to go out?" says Gerritson.

Gerritson says her tea party group applied for tax-exempt status back in 2010.

Months after, the IRS sent a list of questions she wasn't expecting--asking for member's names, a donor list, copies of speeches and any communication with lawmakers.

"It was scary. It was intimidating," says Gerritson.

"Did the IRS ask inappropriate and unnecessary questions of applicants? Again...yes," says Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George.

Miller--who resigned shortly after the investigation went public--shared his perspective.

"I think that what happened here is that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection."

"It may be months before things happen. But yes, I do think we'll get to the bottom of it," adds Gerritson.

Former Commissioner Steven Miller did apologize on behalf of the IRS.

He said the agency made mistakes and provided poor service.

However, the Wetumpka Tea Party plans to file suit.

President Obama said of the IRS scandal, "It is unacceptable for there to be even a hint of partisanship when it comes to the application of our tax laws." He says he did not know about the targeting.

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