Key Vote YES on Stopping the IRS Assault on Free Speech

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask that he or she vote YES on the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, H.R. 3865. Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), this bill would stop (for a year) the IRS from finalizing regulations which would stifle the free speech of c4 non-profit organizations.

Congressman Camp’s legislation would prevent the IRS – for one year – from finalizing a proposed regulation that would, if enacted, prevent 501(c)4 non-profit groups from exercising even basic elements of political speech. This includes non-partisan candidate forums, voter registration or get-out-the-vote efforts, or even mentioning any candidate for political office within two months of an election.

This regulation would hurt grassroots activism on both sides of the ideological spectrum, but would be particularly devastating to the thousands of tea party, 9/12, and other liberty-minded grassroots groups – the same organizations which have been targeted for harassment by the IRS. The proposed regulation is an arbitrary assault on the free speech of just those groups which the IRS finds politically inconvenient – and sets a precedent for them to apply the same restrictions to other groups of Americans as well.

For these reasons, I urge you to call your representative and ask him or her to vote YES on the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, H.R. 3865. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating FreedomWorks’ Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2014. The Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of Congress who consistently vote to support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe

President and CEO


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