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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Do you support the Internal Revenue Service's effort to crack down on the political activities of tax-exempt groups?

    • Yes. Many organizations that don't pay taxes and conceal their donors are primarily political groups, contrary to what federal law allows. A crackdown is overdue.
    • No. After subjecting conservative groups to extra scrutiny in deciding whether they should be granted tax-exempt status, the IRS proved it can't be trusted to pursue this kind of crackdown fairly.
    • Yes. Politics are increasingly polluted by secret money, and these groups are a major source -- even though they portray themselves as "social welfare organizations."
    • No. This is just the latest strategy for the Obama administration and other Democrats to stifle their critics.
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The IRS has proposed a crackdown on the political activities of tax-exempt groups. Federal law says nonprofit groups that don't have to disclose their donors or pay taxes can engage in some campaign-related activity, but not if it's their primary purpose. The IRS proposal would more clearly define what constitutes political activity -- not just calls to support a candidate or party, but also get-out-the-vote drives, voter guides and candidate forums. Supporters of the effort say that groups on both ends of the political spectrum have taken advantage of ambiguity in the current law to pump millions of dollars into political campaigns while keeping their tax-exempt status. But critics say the IRS proposal could give the agency the power to harass or shut down organizations critical of the party in power. What do you think?


The Latest IRS Political Crackdown
Wall Street Journal opinion, Nov. 28

The Treasury Department's New Crackdown on Dark Money Groups
The Daily Beast, Nov. 27