Watchdogs Urge Congress Not to Tie IRS's Hands After Tea Party Scandal

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In advance of a June 3 hearing on Internal Revenue Service targeting of tea party groups, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center urged the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee not to impede IRS's ability to enforce tax laws that would keep the organizations from engaging in too much political activity.
Social welfare organizations, otherwise known as 501(c)(4) organizations under the tax code, are allowed to endorse or oppose political candidates as long as they do not make it their primary purpose.
The two watchdog groups, in a May 30 letter to the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), said they worry that in lawmakers' zeal to address the scandal involving how some tea party and other conservative groups' exemptions were handled by IRS, lawmakers may be so broad and restrictive in their remedy that IRS is unable to enforce the law at all.

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