Help stop IRS shutdown of voter guides, voter
January 23, 2014
IRS is proposing
regulations that will give them the authority to restrict voter
guides, legislative scorecards, get-out-the-vote campaigns and even the voter
registration activities of non-profit groups by defining such civic engagement
as "candidate-related political activity."
including AFA, believe these rules are an attempt to shut down conservative
organizations like AFA, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America
and the Tea Party.
Family Association General Counsel Patrick Vaughn says, "The proposed regulations
are consistent with the IRS' scandalous suppression of Tea Party applications
for tax exemption. The IRS seems to have decided that it may have to process
Tea Party applications, but it can render the organizations impotent."
OneNewNow story here.
Mr. Vaughn's summary
of the regulations here.
this policy is adopted, groups like your AFA would no longer be able to
distribute voter guides, promote voter registration, report voting records of
elected officials, or even mention the names of candidates who are running for
Eventually, these rules could filter down to churches, simply at
the whim of the IRS, basically silencing conservatives and Christians for
exercising their patriotic and civic freedoms.
The IRS is taking public comments about its proposal. Make
sure your voice is heard!
has prepared a sample letter for you to submit to the IRS, urging them to
reject regulations that would suppress the freedom of speech during election
take a moment to copy and paste the sample letter (or create your own) to the
IRS comment form at this site: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=IRS-2013-0038-0001
I urge the IRS to
reject proposed regulations found in REG-134417-13. It would restrict good
citizenship by redefining all voter registration, non-partisan voter guides,
legislative records, candidate debates or forums, get-out-the-vote reminders,
even the mention of any issue that has been raised by a candidate as regulated
addition, the proposed regulation will stifle the ability of non-profit groups
to inform citizens about the Administration's judicial and political
appointment by redefining those nominees as political candidates. This
provision of the proposal has nothing to do with accountability for election
spending. It will however reduce the Administration's accountability to the
public. Citizens have the right to hear more than the Administration's
line regarding what philosophies, policies, agendas political appointees represent.
Most concerning, REG-134417-13 gives the appearance that the IRS
is trying to adopt regulations to achieve the same goals that motivated it to
hold-up granting the applications of conservative organizations and launch
intrusive investigations of Tea Party applicants.