The IRS is at it again. The Obama Administration’s recent proposal to limit tax-exempt groups’ political activity will also end up suppressing voting since these groups would not be allowed to distribute pamphlets, hold candidate forums, or voter registration drives.
Even if these efforts are strictly non-partisan, groups would lose their tax exempt status if they were to participate.
This is unacceptable. Taking into account the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups makes it even worse. The IRS should be immediately abolished.
From USA Today:
The rules proposed by the Treasury Department last month attempt to better define what constitutes political activity by tax-exempt social-welfare groups. It comes after the Internal Revenue Service admitted it targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny based solely on their names. The new rules would define voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives as “candidate-related political activity,” even if they were done in a non-partisan way.
“That anyone could describe voter registration as a ‘candidate-related political activity’ is crazy,” said Kim Keenan, the general counsel of the NAACP. “It’s like saying you don’t believe in American democracy.”
The Obama Administration does not have the best track record in foreseeing unintended consequences. Even liberal groups are starting to speak out against the IRS’ insane bullying tactics because it is possible this proposal could affect their groups as well.
The rules that balance how much so-called “candidate-related political activity” groups are “allowed” to participate in are extremely vague and subjective as well. This would make it even more difficult for these groups to navigate the IRS’ maze of red tape.
Organizations, however, could jeopardize their tax-exempt status if they participate too heavily in elections. That proportion isn’t specified in existing rules but has been widely assumed to be less than 50%. The proposed rules do not outline how much political activity would too much in the future…
While liberal groups are opposed to this proposal, no one is going to be more critical than conservatives due to the IRS’ attacks on them — which are still happening today, by the way.
Republicans aren’t happy with the proposed rules, either. In a floor speech last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed the IRS proposal as the “latest in a long and troubling pattern of Chicago-style tactics under this administration.”
The draft rules, McConnell said, target “the speech of those who criticize the administration while leaving its supporters untouched.”
Wherever one might fall on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that making it illegal for any group to simply help register people to vote or host objective, educational forums is completely asinine.
The time to stop this corruption and abolish the IRS is long overdue. If you agree, “recommend” this article on Facebook.