Freedomworks reveals an attempt by the IRS to secretly codify rules which would formalize harassing scrutiny of Tea Party groups. Here’s their video and background. Action: We need you to register your opposition by commenting at the IRS page. All the details follow.
FreedomWorks activists will submit testimony in protest of proposed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines that would restrict the political activities allowed by tax-exempt 501(c) (4) organizations. The proposed changes would expand the already unchecked discretionary power of the IRS, and institutionalize the agency’s targeted harassment of conservative and libertarian non-profits in recent years.
In a video to the organization’s membership, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe explained:
“While you were all celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, the Obama Administration was quietly releasing a new set of draconian IRS regulations that would make it virtually impossible for tea parties that want to participate in the political process to do their business. They’re going after conservative groups, they’re going after libertarian groups, and they’re going after citizen groups that want to organize people based on the values of the constitution; based on the ideas of freedom and have an impact on the political conversation.”
“If that sounds familiar, what they’re doing is formalizing the same persecution, the same targeting that we saw coming out of the IRS leading up to the 2012 election. We need to do something about this. The time frame is very short; they are trying to jam this through the process. If we don’t make our voices heard, they are going to get away with it.”
Concerned citizens can access the IRS comment page through the website www.IRSTarget.com.
The IRS’s deadline for public responses is February 27, 2014.