Culture Challenge of the Week: LEGALIZING IRS DISCRIMINATION
Yet, President Obama told Bill O'Reilly in an interview (Bill is one of the best searchers for the truth on the planet, btw) that there is "not even a smidgen of corruption" in the IRS.
Now the IRS is proposing regulations to make its illegal efforts to silence conservatives an official part of regulatory code.
Not only would these oppressive regulations trample the First Amendment, they would unfairly favor liberal groups over conservative and libertarian organizations.
Why? Instead of simply harassing conservative organizations and individuals, or delaying or denying requests for tax-exempt status of perfectly legal requests, the IRS is now trying to dissuade conservatives from applying for tax-exempt status in the first place by changing the standards required to receive it. And for those groups that already exist, the IRS seeks to silence the organizations from educating voters on the public records and positions of those already in power. The proposed limits on political speech are so severe that one can't help but think of two things: the KGB; and the question, "What are they afraid of?"
Nonprofit organizations designated as 501(c)4 are already limited in their ability to engage in “candidate-related political activity.” The new regulations are meant to broaden the definitions of both “candidate” and “political activity” to give the IRS more power to regulate conservative action. But get this: the new rules would NOT apply to labor unions or trade associations.
These new definitions would include:
-Criticism of incumbents 30 days before primary elections and 60 days before general elections (in other words, you can't speak poorly about those already in power)
-Any references to politicians (candidates, appointees, etc.)
-Hosting candidate debates
-Posting voting records of incumbents on websites before elections
-Creating or distributing voter guides
-Phone calls about upcoming votes (even when no candidate is mentioned)
-Voter registration drives (no more signing up folks at churches or in your neighborhoods, for instance)
-Donating money to groups that engage in political activity
-Volunteer activities if they relate to voting or candidates
Every action listed above, among others, would have to be submitted to the IRS for review, would be subject to taxation and would be treated as restricted candidate-related political activity. The restrictions include every type of communication, from newspapers to television to oral speech that can reach 500 people or more.
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