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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
January 13, 2014
Obama Administration Moves to Silence Groups’ Voter Guides for Election Time
American Family Association Encourages Citizens to Take Action by Calling U.S. Representatives About New IRS Rules

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing regulations that will give the tax agency authority to restrict American Family Association(AFA, and other groups from releasing voter guides and other election information that provides valuable decision-making details for voters. 

The IRS is limiting AFA and others who organize voter guides, legislative scorecards, get-out-the-vote campaigns and even voter registration activities by defining such civic engagement as “candidate-related political activity.” 

Many, 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. 

American Family Association General Counsel Patrick Vaughn said, “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.” 

See more on the American Family Association’s news service here, and read Vaughn’s summary of the regulations here. 

If these rules are adopted by the IRS, it would have a negative effect on non-profit organizations who provide voter information. For example, election-themed emails from organizations like AFA would be considered political activity and could jeopardize AFA’s non-profit status. 

In addition, groups like 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 election. AFA Constituents rely on AFA for this type of educational information. 

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. 

American Family Association encourages citizens to take action by calling their U.S. Representatives and urging them to defend the rights of non-profit organizations to continue to inform voters through voter registration drives, non-partisan voter guides, legislative records, debates, candidate forums and get-out-the-vote reminders. 

Visit AFA’s Action Alert Page to obtain phone numbers for individual representatives, as well as talking points for phone calls concerning the matter. 

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096. 

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.


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