Dec 12, 2018

Freedom Partners Criticizes Vote to Undermine Free Speech

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA ­–  Today, the Senate by a vote of 50-49 passed S.J. Res. 64, which will likely be dismissed by the House of Representatives. The resolution would effectively nullify recent improvements to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules to better protect the free speech and privacy rights of donors to certain non-profit organizations.

Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“No citizen should have to fear harassment or persecution over their personal beliefs. S.J. Res. 64 is a blatant attempt to stifle free speech and serves no purpose in the enforcement of tax regulations. By voting to pass S.J. Res. 64, the Senate missed an opportunity to protect the privacy of American citizens and their freedoms of association.”

Background: The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this year announced that the government will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to file personally-identifiable information about their supporters as part of their annual return, known as Schedule B. In doing so, regulators affirmed a principle that goes back 60 years to the landmark NAACP v. Alabama Supreme Court case.