In a hearing on the IRS' targeting of conservative groups that took place Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Laurens County, S.C. Tea Party President Dianne Belsom told the House Ways and Means Committee of the intense scrutiny she claims her group endured by the government agency.

Describing her Tea Party branch as a group "seeking to educate ourselves and fellow citizens on issues pertinent to living in a free country" and " and working to educate voters by vetting candidates and holding candidate forums in election years," Belsom outlined the timeline her organization went through in order to become a tax exempt organization with the IRS ... a three-year long ordeal that she called 'totally unacceptable.'

"The IRS needs to be fully investigated and held accountable for its harassment ... of conservative groups," she told the committee.

Watch her full statement above.