Special to SEGAZINE
Congressional Democrats continued with a common theme focusing on whether 501(c)(4) organizations, which do not have to disclose donors publicly, should be allowed to engage in any political activity at a May 22 House oversight hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of tea party and other groups.
Over and over, Democrats have repeatedly — and erroneously — complained that section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code bars organizations from engaging in electioneering. And that, somehow, the regulation had “lifted” this prohibition.
For example, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) stated, “The original statute passed by Congress requires 501(c)(4) organizations engage ‘exclusively’ in social welfare activities but [then] the Treasury Department issued a regulation that requires these entities only to be ‘primarily’ engaged in social welfare activities.”