February 2014 Comments to the IRS on Regulation to Tame Dark Money in Politics by our co-president Sam Neeman
The IRS has proposed very significant changes in the regulations that govern what kind of political activity and how much of that activity a Section 501(c)(4) organization can carry out. This step is our best chance to rein in the secret “dark money” that has been polluting our elections since the Supreme Court’s terrible decision in Citizens United. At the same time, the current proposal would undermine the League’s ability to conduct truly nonpartisan voter service activities across the country.
Both the National
League and the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank
have filed comments.
The IRS must stop the “dark money” polluting our elections. Don’t back off. We have seen too much abuse by fly-by-night 501(c)(4) organizations and it is harming our democracy. We need real transparency and tough rules to stop “candidate-related political activity” by these organizations.
We strongly believe the IRS must move ahead with a rigorous
and clear definition of “candidate-related political activity” in order
to stop the abuse of 501(c)(4) status by electioneering groups that are
clearly not social welfare organizations, though we have important objections
to the actual definition proposed by the IRS.
Sam Neeman, Co-President