They don’t disregard it; instead, they change it illegally, and unconstitutionally.
Pure and simple, that’s how Communists and other despots rule and if you don’t like it … they flip you off and continue.
Even as investigations continue into the IRS targeting of conservative non-profit groups leading up to the 2012 presidential election, Obama’s Treasury and the IRS continue to introduce new regulations to further restrict these groups.
The Treasury’s draft of the proposed new rule would redefine as “political activity” a wide range of actions currently undertaken by hundreds of 501(c)(4)s, which are allowed to engage in, as long as it is not their “primary purpose.”
This rule amounts to a crackdown on the Administration’s opponents. It’ll limit their ability to talk about their core issues during an election cycle.
Under the new rule, the IRS would change the standard on non-profit advertising so that any broadcast ad that mentions a candidate within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election would count as “political activity.” That’s the standard currently used by the Federal Election Commission to define an “electioneering communication,” but using it as a standard for tax-exempt status imposes artificial limits on groups’ ability to work on their core missions during election cycles.
The rule would also expand the definition of political activity to include any communication that mentions the name of a candidate and reaches more than 500 people in the run-up to an election . . . .
The rule would also use state and local definitions of what counts as a contribution to a candidate, a policy that would reach into other aspects of 501(c)(4) operations. For example, pro bono legal work done by a non-profit for a candidate would be counted as an “in-kind” contribution.
The Administration claims the rule’s purpose is to clarify tax-exempt standards to prevent future mistakes like the one that sidelined the applications of hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups in 2011-2012.
Yet the new rule offers zero clarity on what percentage of a 501(c)(4)’s activities may be political, without falling afoul of the nebulous “primary purpose” test. Enforcement could be as arbitrary as it is now.
The new proposal is designed to cover only 501(c)(4)s, the social welfare groups that liberals despise, while leaving the door open to cover other tax-exempt groups in the future.
501(c)(4)s are the immediate target because the real goal here, is donor disclosure; that’s Obama-hardball — ‘find out who, and hurt them!
If 501(c)(4)s can’t run issue ads in the weeks before an election, that activity would likely shift to 527 groups that are required to report donors under IRS rules.
This unprecedented rule is yet the latest effort by the Obama Administration to rewrite campaign law on its own, since Congress refuses to do it for them.
Even congressional Democrats refused to pass the “Disclose Act,” which would have forced non-profits to disclose donor names. So the Obama Administration is now using the IRS to compel donor disclosure.
President Obama seems to think Congress can simply be ignored if it doesn’t do what he wants..
Imagine the outcry if a Republican president were to do something like this!
Of course CENSORING the opposition, and pitting one class against another are what Communists and other despots do!
Written (with my comments added) after reading Gary Halpert’s insightful – “Forecasts & Trends” – newsletter.