Tom Fitton at Judicial Watch:
President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service has quietly announced new rules that strictly limit the ability of 501(c)(4), tax-exempt organizations from carrying out their core missions in the months leading up to federal, state, and local elections. These new rules are seemingly designed to silence the growing conservative grassroots and Tea Party movement in America. Our First Amendment rights are in jeopardy. Please join us in fighting back now!
These new IRS rules will:
- Keep citizens from holding their public officials accountable
- Silence citizens and chill the very purpose of grassroots groups
Tell the IRS:
- It is impractical, burdensome and unacceptable for the IRS to interject itself into the inner workings of every citizens group in the country
- The IRS is supposed to be collecting revenues, not snooping and trampling on the First Amendment rights of the citizens
- American citizens don't need permission from the IRS in-order to be active in grassroots movements
- To stop unfairly attacking the Tea Party and other 501c4 groups
The IRS is accepting public comment on these rules. Follow this link to submit YOUR comments now.
1. In the proposed IRS regulation (IRS REG-134417-13), any communication from a 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization that uses a candidate’s name within 60 days of an election (or 30 days of a primary) will be considered candidate-related political activity. As a result, these organizations will be severely limited in their ability to educate constituents regarding the actions and inactions of active members of Congress. At the time in the political cycle where an informed public is most needed, these regulations would, in effect, grant elected officials immunity from accountability to the people they represent.
2. I rely on information found on websites which detail my elected officials' actions in Congress in the days leading up to an election. There are multiple, non-partisan organizations that provide unbiased voter guides on a wide array of issues that are important to me, but my understanding of this rule is that they would no longer be able to provide these valuable and informative resources. It's clear through this proposed rule (IRS REG-134417-13) that the IRS is not concerned with the social welfare of the American people nor does it value an informed electorate.
3. I am extremely concerned that the proposed IRS rule, IRS REG-134417-13, will jeopardize the freedom of speech of small groups of citizens looking to hold government accountable. I hope that the IRS does not implement IRS REG-134417-13. Thank you.