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Camp: This Rule Was Wrong From The Start

May 22, 2014

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) made the following statement after the IRS announced that it would scrap the proposed 501(c)(4) rules it released last fall.

“During this Committee’s investigation, we exposed the true intent of this rule – to silence the voice of conservative non-profit groups.  We also uncovered the fact that this rule was purposefully kept out of the public’s view and developed offline.   This proposed rule was wrong from the start.  The American people spoke out loud and clear against it, and hopefully the IRS and the Obama Administration will think twice before ever trying to go down this path again.  If they do, we will continue to defend Americans’ First Amendment rights.”

In January, Chairman Camp introduced H.R. 3865, the “Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014,” to prohibit for one year Treasury and the IRS from issuing or finalizing proposed 501(c)(4) regulations.

In February, the Ways and Means Committee submitted comments on the proposal rule.