The ranks of those suing the Internal Revenue Service for unlawfully targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups are growing.
The American Center for Law and Justice says 41 conservative groups are now taking legal action against the IRS, up from 25 groups.
"The floodgates opened after we filed our initial lawsuit," said Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel for the ACLJ, in a press release. "We have been contacted by many additional organizations that have been unlawfully targeted by the IRS - revealing that this unconstitutional scheme was pervasive and damaging."
Meanwhile, the government has offered to expedite the applications of some groups that have been waiting for years by using what they call a "60/40 standard." Those groups would be required to agree to devote 60 percent or more of their time and expenditures on activities to promote social welfare, and 40 percent or less on political activity.
But the ACLJ rejected the offer, calling the method "deeply flawed" and saying it does nothing to solve the deeper issues plaguing the bureaucracy.
"The IRS created this standard out of thin air in an effort to placate Americans who have been unlawfully and unconstitutionally targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs," Sekulow said.
"The IRS remains an agency incapable of self-governance or self-correction," he charged. "Our federal lawsuit is moving forward to stop this abusive targeting scheme and to hold those responsible for this disturbing conduct accountable."