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Miller backs measure protecting political activities of non-profits

by Candice Miller on February 5, 2014


Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) backed a bill on Friday that would prohibit the IRS from finalizing proposed rules that could impact the tax-exempt status of non-profit organizations that engage in political activities.

Rules proposed by the Treasury Department would prevent 501c4 organizations from engaging in voter registration efforts, get-out-the vote activities and convening forums without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) recently introduced the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, which would prohibit the Treasury Department and IRS from finalizing and enforcing the proposed rules. Miller cosponsored the measure on Friday.

“The American people do not want to give the IRS additional power to regulate the free political speech of groups while it is under continuing investigation for politically motivated targeting of conservative organizations whose political views are at odds with the administration,” Miller said. “The IRS simply has not proven that it is either competent or trustworthy enough to make the determination as to what type of activity should be considered political, and the IRS must not be given any additional power until the full extent of previous wrong doing is known.”

Rules that pertain to free speech should result from a bipartisan, deliberative process, Miller said.

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