The Richmond Tea Party is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city. Tea Party leaders claim the city has unfairly charged them for rallies while allowing the Occupy protesters to use the same space for several weeks for free.
The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three years. The Occupy protesters have been camped in that same plaza since October 15.
Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens says it's not fair that her group had to pay fees for permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel if other groups don't have to do the same thing. The group also had to purchase a $1 million insurance policy.
Tea party groups across the nation have raised similar concerns since the Occupy protests spread from New York earlier this month.