Weekly Newspaper Owner Sues FBI, IRS

NEW YORK (AP) -

NEW YORK (AP) – The owner of a weekly Westchester County newspaper has filed a lawsuit claiming he was targeted by the IRS for his Tea Party activities.

Sam Zherka is suing the IRS and the FBI for $20 million.

He says he’s under scrutiny in a tax investigation only because of his political activities from 2009-2010.

He said that back then he “was the loudest voice in the state of New York for the Tea Party movement.”

Zherka owns the free weekly Westchester Guardian.

He says he promoted the Tea Party in his newspaper and organized numerous rallies and petition-writing campaigns in his efforts to form an upstate-based Tea Party group.

He has sued political opponents and a dozen Westchester communities in the past.