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  • IRS backs off proposal critics warned would ‘silence’ conservative groups

    05/22/2014 10:16:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2014 | (With AP)
    The IRS has agreed to overhaul a controversial proposal that Republican lawmakers warned would revive the agency’s “harassment and intimidation” of conservative groups, after receiving a record number of comments on the proposed regulation. […] At issue were new rules that would prohibit so-called 501(c)(4) groups from counting “candidate-related political activity” and other political work as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations. Critics of the proposal warned that this would effectively force many grassroots organizations to shut down. …
  • Email: IRS’s Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits

    02/06/2014 1:18:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 5, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    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 The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule.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...
  • IRS Proposes New Rules To Regulate Non-Profit Political Activity

    12/09/2013 3:35:16 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 6 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 12/09/13 | LD Jackson
    We all know the government agency we love to hate. The IRS is the most feared and hated government agency Washington, D.C has managed to come up with. That fear and hatred was never more evidenced than when it was discovered that the IRS had been intentionally targeting conservative organizations when they asked to be granted 501(c)(4) status. Congressional hearings were held to find out exactly what was going on and the woman in charge of the uncalled for scrutiny managed to wiggle her way out of the hot seat. Lois Lerner pleaded the 5th Amendment, after stating she had...
  • New Campaign Rules Proposed for Tax-Exempt Nonprofits

    11/26/2013 2:44:32 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    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...
  • 'RATS in A Panic in Massachusetts (Gomez)

    06/11/2013 7:25:52 PM PDT · by publius911 · 34 replies
    Democratic Party | June 11, 2013 | email
    Sucker=xx=xx Bad news: After Republicans spent $400,000 in sickening ads to hijack John Kerry's old Senate seat, a terrifying new GOP poll shows an incredibly close race: Markey (D) 45, Gomez (R) 44% And the election is in JUST TWO WEEKS away I know you're a top President Obama supporter, so you need to know that the next 36 hours are critically important for the President. If we lose this seat, Mitch McConnell will be a step closer to: -blocking every single sensible gun law -completely repealing Obamacare -tearing apart Social Security and Medicare President Obama needs you to finish...
  • Isn't That Peculiar ? [Director's Cut]

    06/11/2013 4:37:56 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 9 replies
    Alan Levy, anti-government extremist and gun owner | Reprint | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Back in 2011, I posted the following article on FRee Republic. I think it's more relevant now, especially since Chairman Obama has decided to use the IRS as his own personal Gestapo. To shamelessly rip off Greg Gutfeld and not feel the least bit bad about it, enjoy enjoyers! *** While spewing venom at the Communist Left at Moveon.Dork, I noticed something rather odd at the bottom of the propaganda-filled screen: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "MoveOn.org Civic Action is a 501(c)(4) organization which primarily focuses on nonpartisan education and advocacy on important national issues. MoveOn.org Political Action is a federal political committee which...
  • Democrat Defends IRS Targeting of Traditional Marriage Group

    06/06/2013 2:03:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 5, 2013 11:21 AM | Penny Starr
    Calling the tax-exempt status of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) a “charade,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said it should not qualify for 501(c)(4) status with the Internal Revenue Service, because it is not a social welfare group but political in nature. “It’s everybody’s right to participate in politics, and well you should,” Blumenauer said on Tuesday at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing into allegations that the IRS targeted conservative organizations, including NOM. “But I think having organizations parading as being social welfare organizations and then being involved in political combat harkens back to why the [IRS 501(c)(4)]...
  • Claim: IRS May Still Be Targeting Conservatives

    05/26/2013 10:24:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 26, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Though the White House has insisted the IRS stopped formally targeting Tea Party and conservative organizations in May of 2012, two attorneys representing conservative organizations have claimed the IRS's targeting may still be ongoing. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Cleta Mitchell, the attorney representing True the Vote, have evidence their clients are still being targeted. According to National Review, Sekulow "plans to file suit in federal court in the coming weeks on behalf of more than two dozen conservative groups that claim their harassment at the hands of the nation’s tax authority continued...
  • The IRS and the Drive to Stop Free Speech

    05/21/2013 4:35:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-21-13 | David Rivkin and Lee Casey
    This IRS politicization is not an isolated problem. It is an inevitable result of the broader efforts to regulate and, in fact, suppress political speech. The IRS crackdown on tax-exemption approvals for conservative groups was directed at nonprofit social-welfare groups, often called 501(c)(4)s after the Internal Revenue Code section granting them tax-exempt status. Such groups do not have to disclose their donors and are exempt from most taxation, although donations to them generally aren't tax deductible. Social-welfare organizations are permitted to engage in a range of political activities promoting their causes or beliefs, so long as these activities aren't their...
  • IRS problem started with vague tax exemption rules

    05/17/2013 4:38:51 AM PDT · by Salgak · 30 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/16/2013 | Matea Gold, Washington Bureau, LA Times
    For former IRS staff and tax experts, the case confirms what they view as one of the agency's long-standing weaknesses: its inability to cope with the growing number of tax-exempt advocacy groups that appear to stretch the law to engage in politics. With the IRS now under fire for its practices, campaign finance lawyers anticipate that the agency will shy away even more from regulating such organizations. At the heart of the issue is the murky role occupied by nonprofit "social welfare" organizations, set up under Section 501(c)4 of the tax code, which are allowed under IRS regulations to engage...
  • IRS Expedited Tax Exemption for Obama Foundation While Stiffing Tea Party

    05/14/2013 6:43:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 14, 2013 | Peter Flaherty
    In May 2011, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which was soliciting tax-deductible contributions from the public although it was not tax exempt. The Foundation is named for Obama's father and is based in Kenya. Its founder and chairman is Abon'go Malik Obama, whose father is also the father of President Obama. The IRS not only failed to investigate, but in June 2011 it retroactively granted the Obama Foundation tax-exempt status. Click here to see the letter from Lois Lerner (in photo), Director of the Exempt...
  • SHOCK: IRS Admits to Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election, Apologizes

    05/10/2013 10:56:34 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | May 10 2013 | Becket Adams
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio.) issued the following statement: The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.
  • To fight conservative efforts, Democrats form fund groups

    04/30/2011 8:24:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Two former White House aides launched a pair of independent groups Friday to defend President Obama and fight the array of conservative efforts that poured money into the last elections, adopting the same tactics condemned by Obama. The move by Bill Burton, a former Obama deputy press secretary, and Sean Sweeney, who was a top aide to former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the sharp reversal by Democrats on the use of undisclosed political spending. Burton and Sweeney said they were moved to create the outside groups to fend off conservatives such as the billionaire Koch brothers and American...
  • The Tea Party and the Spider's Web

    08/16/2010 3:14:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2010 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Rick Cohen, a knowledgeable and well-qualified liberal writer for The Nonprofit Quarterly, wrote his first installment of what he says is a series about the legal structure (or lack thereof) of the Tea Party movement, entitled "The Starfish and the Tea Party." Mr. Cohen's article poses the question, "What is the organizational structure of the Tea Party?" He goes on to discuss how the book, The Starfish and the Spider, which is about the success of leaderless organizations, purportedly plays a seminal role in the approach taken by Tea Partiers to their mission and movement. From its inception, the mission...
  • Partisan Environmental Groups (Inhofe Exposes Democrats-Soros Shadow Party Fraud)

    12/10/2008 9:42:20 PM PST · by flattorney · 9 replies · 627+ views
    U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works ^ | October 4, 2004 | Jim Inhofe Senate Floor Speech
    Re: Many environmental groups are using their tax-exempt IRS registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations as fraudulent front operations for the Democrats-Soros Shadow Party~FlA. Environmental groups are simply Democrat political machines with millions of dollars in contributions and expenditures each year for the purpose of raising more money to pursue their agenda. ~ Sen. James Inhofe Mr./Madam President, I rise today to shed some light on a subject that is very important to me in my oversight duties as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Earlier this year, the Environment and Public Works Committee held an oversight hearing where the...
  • UNPRECEDENTED AND SECRETIVE (The Obama team's secretive K Street Project.)

    11/07/2008 2:27:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies · 3,148+ views
    Lost amid all of the jubilation of the Obama victory was the announcement by the Obama transition team that it had set up a separate transition program beyond the one that is paid for by the American taxpayer. Called the "Obama/Biden Transition Project," it is a 501(c)4 tax-exempt organization, with no limits on the contributions it can receive and no requirements to divulge the names of individuals or organizations that give it money. Traditionally, the victorious campaign has set up inaugural funds, as well as funds to deal with legal costs and other expenses to close down the campaign. Others...