The IRS has proposed a
new rule for non-profit organizations that is supposedly
meant to respond to a recent political scandal. But
instead of focusing on the rather narrow types of
organizations and activities reflective of the scandal,
its rule appears ready to punish all 501(c)4 non-profit
organization and would cripple organizations whose
primary mission is to educate the public on various
issues in Congress.
The rule would
prohibit the simple mention of a candidate's name within
60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary -
even if the mention has nothing to do with the election!
If your Member of Congress introduces a great
immigration bill or a terrible amnesty bill within 30
days of his/her primary, under the proposed rule, we
wouldn't be able to tell you about it.
The IRS thinks it's
shutting down inappropriate electioneering by certain
501(c)(4) groups, but in reality, it's granting elected
officials immunity from public accountability.
Non-profits like NumbersUSA, the Sierra Club, the
National Rifle Association, the League of Conservation
Voters, and even the pro-amnesty National Council of La
Raza would all be silenced, and we're all speaking out