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, www.afa.net) 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
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
See more on the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow.com
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
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.
For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net.
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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 OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated
around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com 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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