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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 229

IRS Logo 2USA Today:  Voter Registration Could be Curtailed Under IRS Rule:

The Obama administration's proposal to clamp down on political spending by tax-exempt groups wouldn't just target conservatives. Liberal groups say the rules, as written, would also curtail efforts to register voters, distribute candidate guides and get voters to the polls on Election Day.

"This would affect vast numbers of organizations that span the left, middle and right," said Nan Aron,president of the Alliance for Justice, which represents more than 100 liberal organizations and advises others about navigating tax and election rules. 

The rules proposed by the Treasury Department last month attempt to better define what constitutes political activity by tax-exempt social-welfare groups. It comes after the Internal Revenue Service admitted it targeted Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny based solely on their names. The new rules would define voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives as "candidate-related political activity," even if they were done in a non-partisan way. ...

Republicans aren't happy with the proposed rules, either. In a floor speech last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed the IRS proposal as the "latest in a long and troubling pattern of Chicago-style tactics under this administration." The draft rules, McConnell said, target "the speech of those who criticize the administration while leaving its supporters untouched."

Not so, others say. "The assertion that this is a rule-making targeting the Tea Party is ridiculous," said Paul Ryan, a lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center, which has called for more aggressive IRS enforcement. "This will affect groups across the political spectrum." ...

Marcus Owens, a Washington lawyer who spent 10 years as director of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, said the proposal may add more confusion than clarity. "Internal Revenue agents, who supposedly were having difficulty applying tax-law standards, now have a brand new set of standards to learn," Owens said. "What this is doing is making the rules incredibly complex because they are going to be an amalgam of election law and an amalgam of tax law."

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The fact that these new rules could curtail "liberal" groups is not material or relevant to the left. They know that the only ones who would really be curtailed would be those on the right, you know, the ones who actually believe in the rule of law and would follow these new regs. The left knows that under the Holder DOJ they would not be rigorously prosecuted for doing what they've always done, and they already have a huge advantage in the vastly larger network of 501s than the right.

Posted by: geokstr | Dec 24, 2013 8:22:39 AM