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Email: IRSís Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits
The Daily Caller ^ | February 5, 2014 | Patrick Howley

Posted on 02/06/2014 1:18:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.

The rules place would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.

“Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off -plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting…,” Treasury official Ruth Madrigal wrote in a June 14, 2012 email to Lerner and others obtained by Ways and Means and provided to The Daily Caller.

Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dave Camp blasted the off-the-record plan during a hearing Wednesday with IRS commissioner John Koskinen, and called for the administration’s newly proposed 501(c)(4) rules to be halted until criminal investigations into the IRS targeting scandal are complete.

“If Treasury and the IRS fabricated the rationale for a rule change it would tend to raise questions about the integrity of the rule-making process,” Camp said.

“I want to be perfectly clear – this committee will fight any and all efforts to restrict the rights of groups to organize, speak out and educate the public, just as unions are allowed to do so. We will get to the bottom of this, and I expect the IRS to produce – quickly – the outstanding documents the committee has requested,” Camp said.

“I believe the IRS has a long way to go in restoring its credibility. But, you can take a first step by complying with this committee’s request and stopping all action against 501(c)(4) groups until the appropriate investigations are completed.”

The new rules define more previously acceptable activities by nonprofit groups as prohibited “candidate-related political activity.” Communications and activities including voter registration drives and publishing voter guides, among others, are now classified as political activity. Grants and donations that 501(c)(4)’s give to other nonprofits are now subject to new record-keeping and increased scrutiny to prevent the money’s use for broadly-defined political activity.

The rules were “drafted in a manner, in my view, to shut down tea party groups” Rep. Camp said earlier this week.

New IRS commissioner Koskinen said that the rules should “put to rest all of the issues surrounding applications for tax-exempt status.”

But Madrigal’s email to Lerner proves that the regulations were being developed long before the IRS needed to publicly put anything “to rest.”

At least 292 conservative groups were subjected to unfair targeting between 2010 and 2012, against six liberal groups that were allegedly given similar treatment.

“They are both over-broad and under-inclusive,” said Foley & Lardner LLP partner Cleta Mitchell on the new rules.

“They’ve taken everything that 501(c)(4) organizations do in the normal course of business and proposed to convert that all to candidate-related activity, even if a candidate is never mentioned.”

Mitchell said that the rules are being “rushed through” for political purposes.

“The objective is to get the rules in place before the 2014 election,” Mitchell said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014; 2016; 501c; 501c4; campaigning; freespeech; irs; loislerner; nonporfits
A blatant attack on free speech.
1 posted on 02/06/2014 1:18:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama is Law-Less because Republican “leaders” are BALL-LESS!!


2 posted on 02/06/2014 1:24:37 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

Hear, hear.


3 posted on 02/06/2014 2:04:50 AM PST by Hans
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends
If "[p]ublic trust is the IRS' most valuable asset," we're in trouble...








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4 posted on 02/06/2014 2:06:29 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Lerner and Madrigal need to be peering out at the sunshine between the bars for a few years.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 2:17:36 AM PST by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“If Treasury and the IRS fabricated the rationale for a rule change it would tend to raise questions about the integrity of the rule-making process,” Camp said.

“I want to be perfectly clear – this committee will fight any and all efforts to restrict the rights of groups to organize, speak out and educate the public, just as unions are allowed to do so. We will get to the bottom of this, and I expect the IRS to produce – quickly – the outstanding documents the committee has requested,” Camp said.

And if they fail to produce these documents, they'll receive a strongly worded letter.

6 posted on 02/06/2014 2:18:15 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler
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To: Peter W. Kessler
exactly

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7 posted on 02/06/2014 2:33:13 AM PST by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee

You mean to say Obunga lied to BOR on Super Bowl Sunday, not a smidgen of corruption, say it isn’t so.


8 posted on 02/06/2014 3:03:32 AM PST by DAC21
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To: DAC21

He did not lie, it was just another fabrication put out by BOR and his TV Station. Sarcasm off.

This POS is exqctly what we have always thought, a liar, thug, and Mao type leader.


9 posted on 02/06/2014 3:33:40 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Peter W. Kessler

It’s a wonder it has taken this long to destroy this country,who knew it was this easy? Just co-op the press ,don’t harp on it 24/7,call it a phony scandal,blame Fox News and say What difference does it make,your home free,United Socialist States Of America!


10 posted on 02/06/2014 3:41:51 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: ImNotLying

Yes, but who’s going to do it. Holder is already in contempt of Congress and he is not in jail. Elmer Fudd lies by the minute and nothing is done. He pays no attention to Congress and the courts, so what?

I am of the mind that if they break the law without consequences, so can I.


11 posted on 02/06/2014 4:30:29 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: onyx

Yes, dismantle the tyrannical arm of the totalitarian administration. Lerner should be in prison.

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

All assets of these totalitarians should be confiscated for crimes against the republic.

What rule of law?

Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? For when plunder is abetted by the law, it does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. Rather, it may call upon them for help. - Bastiat

http://www.usdebtclock.org


12 posted on 02/06/2014 4:49:12 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Lois Lerner is guilty of Treason and I assume that there is no statute of limitations.


13 posted on 02/06/2014 5:22:51 AM PST by DCmarcher-976453
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Impeach! Impeach! Impeach!


14 posted on 02/06/2014 5:26:14 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Notice the date?

Going to be discussing “OFF PLAN” in 2013.

OOPS! Wouldn’t be doing it for Zippo’s reelection.

Hello Hillary.


15 posted on 02/06/2014 6:23:09 AM PST by IMR 4350
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