A review finds dozens of tea party groups and other conservative groups subjected to improper scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service operate with small budgets and rarely displayed overt partisan activities.
The Associated Press reviewed public tax filings by 93 such activist groups.
Houston-based King Street Patriots has been waiting since 2010 for a decision on its tax-exempt status for itself and an allied group, True the Vote - a conservative group aimed at confronting vote fraud.
Catherine Engelbrecht of Richmond, who's with both groups, complained that she and her husband are not only wrangling with the IRS but have fielded inquiries from other federal agencies.
She's concerned that tea party groups were targeted by the government.