Sometimes Rules Cut Both Ways

The IRS is proposing to rewrite the rules for 501(c)4 “social welfare” not-for-profit organizations in ways that would drastically reduce their political activities. The general buzz is that this is being done at the behest of Democrats in the Senate who worry about organizations such as Americans for Prosperity. Eliana Johnson has a report over at NRO over the Left’s reaction to the proposed rules.

The proposed regulations have a host of left-leaning groups worried that the 501(c)(4) rules could serve as a template for regulations governing 501(c)(5) nonprofits (unions) and 501(c)(6) groups (trade associations), and they are speaking out.

Also, leftwing 501(c)4 outfits are waking up to the threat to their activities. Being able to help deliver votes engage in voter registration is often a key part of the business model of such organizations.

9 thoughts on “Sometimes Rules Cut Both Ways


  1. It would not shock me to see the rules written in such a way as to preserve the ability of unions to continue to fill Democrats coffers.


  2. The unmitigated gall of this attack on conservatives while the Barack Obama campaign (a.k.a. Organizing For America) is registered as a 501(c)(4) is astounding.


  3. That’s only a problem for left-wing groups if the law is enforced equally. If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from this presidency, it’s that the law will not be enforced equally.

    And when a Republican wins the White House, the rules will be changed again.


    • Never mind the fact that bureaucracy is “big government” and it’ll see conservative groups who want “small government” as a threat, while liberal groups who want more government as friendly allies.


  4. If Obama gets away with rewriting the rules such that the IRS’s criminal harassment of the TEA Party orgs was “legal”, he’ll have defused the scandal in the minds of the public.

    That’s why this can’t be allowed to be accomplished.

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