Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Good News: IRS Set to Water Down Newly Proposed Free Speech Regulation

Shortly after former IRS Director of Tax Exempt Groups Lois Lerner admitted last year that her agency had been inappropriately targeting conservative organizations, a new set of rules were proposed that would make what the IRS did to tea party groups legal and would limit the free speech of tax-exempt groups across the political spectrum.The rules specifically define "candidate related activity" as voter registration, candidate forums and debates, distribution of voter guides, discussion of incumbent voting records, simply referencing the names of candidates during meetings and more.

During the public commenting period, a record breaking 150,000 people left comment strongly suggesting the rule be completely thrown out. Conservative groups like the Tea Party Patriots and liberal groups like the ACLU are both opposed to this type of regulation on the free speech of tax-exempt groups.

Now, IRS head John Koskinen plans to rewrite the previously proposed rules and will open up another public comment period once they are finished.

    "He said the new rule would take into account backlash from conservative Tea Party groups as well as some liberal advocacy organizations that the agency's proposal – intended to address concerns that the tax-exempt groups were engaged in partisan warfare – would bar, even voter education and registration programs."



Anonymous said...

They are just going to create the same rules using mealy mouthed language that allows them to "interpret" the rules exactly the way they want to.

Partisanship has infected the IRS and until the infection is completely and publicly purged or the IRS is eliminated there will be no peace.

Anonymous said...

Why am I not surprised?

Anonymous said...

Why does the IRS have any say about anything any group has to say politically?

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:21 - By LAW the IRS and in fact all other government agencies are not supposed to have anything to say politically and in the past the administrations have been quick to prosecute anyone caught stepping over that line.

The current administration has changed that by deciding to cover up and attempt to deny corruption of this type in all the agencies where it is occurring which of course has allowed it to flourish.

Dean said...

12:21 ". . . has allowed it to flourish"

Which is exactly what the administration wants. Of course, if liberals were attacked there would be immediate steps take to punish those involved.

Bird of Paradise said...

The Infernal Revenue Service thems darn revevuers now want to regulate free speech typical bunch of liberals

Anonymous said...

The American Revolution was supposed to be about objections to taxation, but it's the tax-collectors who rule any country (and "representation" doesn't seem to come into it).