According to TheBlaze, Obama’s IRS is set to announce new rules regarding non-profit organizations that would restrict the political activity they’re allowed to engage in.
This comes after the embattled agency backed off of a similar proposal earlier in the year following a massive backlash from political organizations who believed that it would only serve to limit political speech, which wasn’t too far off.
However according to the new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the more defined IRS rules, which will be unveiled in early 2015, will help “people running 501(c)(4)s in terms of knowing what they can do and can’t do, what the rules are.”
“We’d be much better off if we had clearer definitions and a clearer roadmap,” he said during an interview with the Center for Public Integrity.
According to TheBlaze:
“The new restrictions could include capping political activity of a 501(c)(4) group to a certain percentage of overall activities and extend rules to trade associations and labor unions. Koskinen said it would differ from the draft that the IRS backed away from.”
Koskinen described three issues that he believes the new rules will help to more clearly define, which is something the last proposal failed to do.
“What should be the definition, to whom should it apply and how much … can you do before you jeopardize your exemption?”
Republicans in the House passed a bill to keep the IRS from implementing any new regulations until the investigation into the deliberate targeting of Tea Party groups has been wrapped up. Surprisingly 14 Democrats signed on to the measure.
The announcement from Koskinen comes just as it was revealed that the IRS conveniently “lost” the needed emails from Lois Lerner’s computer that also happen to be at the same time the targeting took place. With Americans already skeptical of the out-of-control bureaucracy, perhaps now isn’t the best time to make such an announcement, wouldn’t you say?