Wednesday, December 18, 2013

IRS Threatens to Curb Criticism of IRS and Bureaucratic Wrongdoing by 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) Groups

by Hans Bader on December 17, 2013
The IRS recently proposed rules “limiting political speech” by nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups. In Orwellian fashion, the proposed rules seek to redefine non-partisan, non-election-related criticism of government abuses as “candidate-related political activity.” As the Venable law firm notes, they label “a wide variety of activities as candidate-related and therefore not qualifying 501(c)(4) ‘social welfare’ activity.” I discuss an example in the December 16 edition of The Wall Street Journal:…… Although these proposed rules in their initial form only apply to 501(c)(4) groups, and only limit the amount of such “political” activity those groups can engage in, rather than entirely banning it, the IRS says it may expand the limit to a total ban in the final version of its rule, and may eventually apply the ban to non-partisan 501(c)(3) groups, like think-tanks and other tax-exempt charities, in the future. …..To Read More….
My Take – These conservatives just don’t get it.  Social engineering is only for leftists.  So correspondingly - they should be the only ones to benefit from IRS rules.  Corruption of the rule of law is part and parcel of the left.   So why shouldn't their interpretation of the rule of law also be corrupt?  See – once a problem is properly defined we can have clarity.  Now we have clarity.  If ever there was an argument for repealing the 16th amendment – this is it!

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