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As one of our over 5.7 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask them to vote YES on H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). This bill would stop the IRS from collecting and releasing information about donors to tax-exempt organizations, chilling political speech. H.R. 5053 is expected to be considered on the House floor as soon as tomorrow.
The legislation would protect the free speech of donors to nonprofit organizations by modifying IRS disclosure requirements of information such as donor names and addresses. With this legislation, tax-exempt organizations would be required to report only information on donors who contribute $5,000 or more and who are either an officer of the organization or one of its five highest paid employees. This legislation is an important step in protecting the First Amendment rights of Americans against harassment and coercion from the IRS.
H.R. 5053 would also help guard tax-exempt organization from IRS intimidation. This legislation is needed to guard the privacy of donors, secure free speech, and prevent the IRS from engaging in abusive actions against tax exempt organizations.
Please contact your representative and ask that they vote YES on H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. FreedomWorks will count the vote on this bill as a Key Vote when calculating our Congressional Scorecard for 2016. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.
Adam Brandon, President and CEO, FreedomWorks