Pushback against the New Normal

US House of Representatives

US House of Representatives


With weaponization of the government against it’s own citizens, things can look pretty dark; we know this.  House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp has proposed HR3865.   Here is an excerpt from Rep. Camp’s opening statement on Feb. 11:

All of this provides context for today’s markup, which is legislation we are considering that would stop the ability of the IRS and Treasury to legalize the targeting of conservative groups.  On Black Friday, Treasury released proposed rules regarding 501(c)(4)s that would essentially remove conservative groups from the public square.  The rationale of the IRS and Treasury was that the rules, which have been in place for more than 50 years, created “confusion.” 

However, we learned that Treasury and the IRS had been working on these guidelines behind closed doors for years.  According to interviews with IRS employees, as early as 2011, work started on new 501(c)(4) regulations.  A June 2012 email between Treasury officials and then-IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner revealed that these potential regulations were being discussed “off-plan” – meaning that the plans for the regulations were not to be published on the public schedule.  Treasury’s fabricated rationale for changing a 50-year old rule raises serious questions about the integrity of the rule-making process and counsels for putting a hold on the draft rules.

The title of HR 3865 is, “Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014”.  Go here to read the entire text of Rep. Camp’s opening statement.