Jun 15, 2016

Freedom Partners Applauds Sen. Tim Scott for Introducing the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act

Post by Derek Yale

Arlington, VA – Today, Freedom Partners applauded U.S. Sen. Tim Scott for introducing the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. Like its companion in the House, Sen. Scott’s bill reaffirms Americans’ right to free speech and association by protecting them from political targeting and intimidation by the federal government.

This bill would ensure the tax information of those who support tax-exempt non-profits is protected by changing the reporting requirements for the IRS’s 990 Schedule B form. It serves as an essential check on IRS politicization and targeting of non-profit organizations, which is well-documented in recent history.

The bill’s passage is particularly important in light of new efforts by Senate Democrats to rewrite the First Amendment, and to force charities and other nonprofits to report their donors’ private giving to the government. These efforts are designed to discourage free speech and chill unpopular opinions.

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement:

“We are grateful to Sen. Scott for showing strong leadership by introducing this legislation, which reaffirms Americans’ natural rights of free speech and association, while protecting them from threats, harassment, and intimidation because of their personal beliefs. We urge the Senate to quickly take up this bill, and we applaud House leaders, including Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, Chairman Brady, Majority Whip Scalise and Rep. Roskam, for taking action yesterday.

“As politicians on the Left attempt to destroy the First Amendment, legislation like this is needed to protect Americans from being unfairly targeted due to their political beliefs. The First Amendment applies to all Americans regardless of political view or affiliation, and misguided efforts to eliminate this fundamental right to free speech must be stopped.”