UPDATE: Victory! Congress has PASSED this language as part of a larger year-end 2015 package. The IRS is prohibited from silencing us with these rules! The letter to Congress has been updated to send a thank you message! Learn more here.
The IRS confessed to targeting conservative groups in a stunning abuse of power.
Nobody has been held accountable for these outrageous abuses. Indeed, the apparent ringleader of the suppression scheme, Lois Lerner, was granted six months of paid administrative leave and then allowed to retire with her full pension!
The IRS now proposes not to rectify its own misbehavior, but to blame the victims and codify its own misdeeds by adopting draconian limitations on the free speech rights of 501(c)4 social welfare groups. An unprecedented outpouring of public opposition put over 140,000 comments in the docket opposing this rule.
The proposed regulations would restrict groups from engaging in voter registration drives, candidate debates, voter guides, voting records and key votes. They would restrict any criticism of an incumbent federal, state, or local politician within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election and effectively require groups to remove any reference to politicians from their websites during these windows. They even distort the definition of "candidate" to include appointees, so groups weighing in on executive or judicial nominations would be restricted.
The House has passed HR3865 to stop the rule on a strong bipartisna vote. But the Senate refuses to act!
Tell your senators: "Stop the IRS's effort to gut the First Amendment!"