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New Campaign Rules Proposed for Tax-Exempt Nonprofits
New York Times ^ | November 26, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

Posted on 11/26/2013 2:44:32 PM PST by reaganaut1

The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to issue new rules that would curtail political activity by tax-exempt nonprofit groups, with potentially significant ramifications for one of the fastest-growing sources of campaign spending.

The proposed rules, announced by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, would expand and clarify how the I.R.S. defines political activity and then establish clearer limits for how much activity nonprofits can engage in. Such a change — long urged by government watchdog groups — would be the first wholesale shift in a generation in the regulations governing political activity.

The move to curtail nonprofits follows years of legal and regulatory shifts, such as the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010, that have steadily loosened the rules governing political spending, particularly by big corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals.

The rules would not prohibit political activity by nonprofit organizations. But by establishing clearer limits for campaign-related spending, the new rules could have a significant impact on the big-spending nonprofit groups that have played a central role in national politics in recent years, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on political advertising and voter outreach.

The administration’s proposal would apply to nonprofit groups organized under Section 501(c)4 of the tax code, which are permitted tax exemption in exchange for devoting themselves primarily to the promotion of “social welfare,” which under current rules can include some political activity.

The largest political nonprofits — such as Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, co-founded by Karl Rove, the Republican operative, or Americans for Prosperity, backed by the conservative philanthropists Charles and David Koch, have exploited that provision to spend heavily on election-themed advertising.

But under the proposed guidance, a broad swath of campaign-related activity — including any ads that mention a candidate within 60 days of an election

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 501c3; 501c4; campaign; irs; reform; taxes
I'm sure the new regulations are not politically motivated and will be impartially enforced by the IRS.
1 posted on 11/26/2013 2:44:32 PM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Of course... we all know they will be even-handed

not


2 posted on 11/26/2013 2:46:28 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: reaganaut1

Only a fool would think these new rules will not favor Democrats and screw Republicans


3 posted on 11/26/2013 2:47:24 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: reaganaut1
The administration’s proposal would apply to nonprofit groups organized under Section 501(c)4 of the tax code, which are permitted tax exemption in exchange for devoting themselves primarily to the promotion of “social welfare,” which under current rules can include some political activity.

I'm calling out the B.S. right there. 501(c)3 organizations are engaged in mainly charitable activities and donations to them are not only tax exempt, but tax deductible. They already have a high bar to clear relative to political activities (unless they support Democrats, in which case the rules aren't enforced.)

501(c)4 organizations, such as this forum, only have to show they are not engaging in for profit activities so that donations to them are not taxed. But said donations are not deductible. In effect, the BO administration is seeking to double tax people who donate to places like Free Republic. These donations are non-deductible after tax dollars. Then, they want to tax them again as normal income to Free Republic (or similar organizations) once the donation is received.

4 posted on 11/26/2013 2:53:52 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: reaganaut1

Obama is looking to institutionalize harassment of conservative groups.

Time for another lawsuit.


5 posted on 11/26/2013 2:56:09 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: reaganaut1

The Democrats are hell bent on limiting the one thing that the founders had in mind with the first amendment: political speech. They, of course, will exempt themselves and those organizations that support them such as the Labor Unions, Planned Parenthood, and the other legions of leftist political front organizations.


6 posted on 11/26/2013 3:12:21 PM PST by centurion316
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To: reaganaut1

Luckily enough most of Ubama’s contributions are laundered through anonymous prepaid debit cards, so this will not affect him.


7 posted on 11/26/2013 3:27:45 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: dennisw

“The largest political nonprofits — such as Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, co-founded by Karl Rove, the Republican operative, or Americans for Prosperity, backed by the conservative philanthropists Charles and David Koch, have exploited that provision to spend heavily on election-themed advertising.”


8 posted on 11/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Vigilanteman

Prime example would be VFP - Veterans for Peace. They’re a 501(c)3 and do nothing charitable as far as I could find (as opposed to the VFW and the American Legion). They’re also very political, with sit-ins at Congressmen’s offices. Even their national president received a less than honorable discharge. As far as I can see, there’s no bar for this group of miscreants.


9 posted on 11/26/2013 3:31:23 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Vigilanteman
FR is not a 501 c-anything. From the home page:

Free Republic is not a charity or IRS non-profit organization. We do not raise funds for charitable purposes or causes. We raise funds solely to cover our operating costs, labor, and all applicable state and federal income and payroll taxes.

10 posted on 11/26/2013 3:38:21 PM PST by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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Two days until
Thanksgiving
Lets git'er done!

Woo hoo!! Less than $5.3k to go!!

11 posted on 11/26/2013 3:47:33 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: reaganaut1

This will explain yesterday’s story about Rove’s PAC. Won’t find many defenders of Rove here, I understand, but FReepers shouldn’t bay like hound dogs whenever the Dems throw them red meat.


12 posted on 11/26/2013 4:03:49 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks reaganaut1.
...would expand and clarify how the I.R.S. defines political activity and then establish clearer limits for how much activity nonprofits can engage in. Such a change — long urged by government watchdog groups — would be the first wholesale shift in a generation in the regulations governing political activity.
IOW, it will be analogous to the Barrycades, which were lifted for a pro-amnesty rally in DC.


13 posted on 11/26/2013 5:52:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: reaganaut1

They’ve never been enforced neutrally and are just an opportunity to cheat. Let’s get rid of corporate taxation once and for all and restore the Freedom of Association.

How about a law blocking judges from releasing the names of donors to these NFP? There’s too much mischief making on the part of political attorney generals, state’s attorneys and judges.

The Pink Mafia targeted a friend of mine for supporting the Prop 8 and he was “tried” by his company to see if he could retain his job. It’s horrible.


14 posted on 11/26/2013 5:54:40 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Vigilanteman

It’s unenforceable and unconstitutional. This is simply meant to chill the political environment for conservatives.

The government is simply an arm of the DNC... or vice versa.


15 posted on 11/26/2013 5:56:01 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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16 posted on 11/26/2013 5:56:57 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 1rudeboy

Supporting the government going after political speech eventually ends in mewling. Some might even lick the mailed fist.


17 posted on 11/26/2013 5:57:22 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Vigilanteman; jimrob
501(c)4 organizations, such as this forum...

Is FR a 501(c)(4)? The address on the home page claims it's an LLC.

Jim?

18 posted on 11/26/2013 5:59:51 PM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're.' Their so stupid...)
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To: upchuck

Not a 501c. We are an LLC.


19 posted on 11/26/2013 6:04:37 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Vigilanteman; upchuck

We are not a 501c. We are an LLC and pay income taxes on our income. We chose not to participate as a non-profit so the IRS cannot have control over us.


20 posted on 11/26/2013 6:08:27 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Vigilanteman; jimrob

FYI, see #19.


21 posted on 11/26/2013 6:09:55 PM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'your' and 'you're.' Their so stupid...)
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To: Jim Robinson
Sorry for my misunderstanding. Does that mean donations get taxed? Or are you able to offset income donations with appropriate expenses such as server upgrades?

I had mistakenly assumed that 501(c)4 status was the reason FR avoided taking advertising.

22 posted on 11/26/2013 6:38:22 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Jim Robinson
We are not a 501c. We are an LLC and pay income taxes on our income.

Very good succinct response!

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We chose not to participate as a non-profit so the IRS cannot have control over us.

Absolutely true! Amen & Amen! Keep the leftist-socialist gubmint bastards out of our sandbox!

23 posted on 11/26/2013 6:49:11 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: Vigilanteman

We deduct all business expenses. There are several reasons we don’t take advertising, but mainly I’d just rather keep it noncommercial.
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24 posted on 11/26/2013 7:05:48 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Rusty0604

The NYT seems to have discovered that only Republicans engage in this activity.


25 posted on 11/26/2013 7:48:00 PM PST by Chaguito
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To: reaganaut1

So basically, they’ll be allowed to talk and we won’t.

Nice.


26 posted on 11/26/2013 8:01:42 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: reaganaut1

So, instead of investigating the IRS, the answer to government corruption is MORE REPRESSION of the innocent?


27 posted on 11/27/2013 6:22:30 AM PST by 2harddrive
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To: reaganaut1; bronxville; Jim Robinson; Liz

Of course the IRS and Herr Obozo will not even look at the left wing non profits funded by George SoreA$$:

Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros and his Open Society Institute

By Discover The Networks

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2625790/posts


28 posted on 11/27/2013 8:52:32 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Obamaganda is starting to fail 24/7. Soon Obamaganda will fail 24/365!)
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To: reaganaut1

The Tea Party will lose it’s tax exempt status. The NAACP will continue to be funded by the government.


29 posted on 11/28/2013 10:40:37 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: reaganaut1

I guess Center for American Progress is exempt. Of course.


30 posted on 11/28/2013 7:37:47 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: reaganaut1

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31 posted on 11/28/2013 7:40:05 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi 8-)
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To: reaganaut1

Black churches have historically been partisan.why has no one gone after them?


32 posted on 11/28/2013 7:49:49 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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