IRS Commissioner John Koskinen recently said, “Public trust is the
IRS’ most valuable asset.” Imposing new regulations on 501(c)(4) social welfare
organizations breaks that trust by restricting free speech and compromising the
ability of these groups to carry out the mission that their members have
entrusted them with.
As a taxpayer, I oppose the proposed rule (IRS Reg-134417-13) to
modify regulations governing 501(c)(4) organizations. In addition, the secretive
manner in which the proposed rule was drafted raises serious procedural
questions and while also undermining any trust Commissioner Koskinen is trying
to preserve. The IRS should not be selectively limiting the activities of one
particular type of organization.
This rule is
neither clear nor fair, and it should be rejected. Reforming the 501 (c)(4)
classification should not include muzzling the free speech rights of citizen
groups or their members.