Apr 27, 2016

Freedom Partners Supports Legislation to Prevent IRS Abuse and Protect Free Speech

Post by Derek Yale

Arlington, VA— Today Freedom Partners applauded U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam’s new bill to repeal the Internal Revenue Service requirement that nonprofit organizations submit a Schedule B (private donor information) as part of their Form 990 annual returns.

Freedom Partners is proud to support the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, reaffirming Americans’ right to free speech by protecting them from political targeting and intimidation by the federal government.

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden Issued The Following Statement:

“This bill is an important first step toward reaffirming Americans’ right to free speech while protecting them from threats and intimidation because of their personal beliefs. The scandal at the IRS showed how the abuse of power can erode one of our most fundamental freedoms. One week after a federal court ruled correctly to preserve this right to privacy, Congress should ensure Americans don’t have to live in fear that their political speech could make them a target for the federal government.

“We thank Congressman Peter Roskam, Chairman Kevin Brady, Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others for standing up to defend free speech against those who want to undermine it. Keeping this First Amendment right intact is an ongoing and increasingly difficult struggle amid attacks from politicians like California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the leading Democratic candidates for president who favor restricting and potentially criminalizing free speech.”