Proposed IRS Regulation Puts NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus at Odds

It’s rare that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Congressional Black Caucus fall on opposite sides of a political issue, but the Internal Revenue Service’s proposed regulation of 501(c)(4) groups has put them at loggerheads.

While the NAACP last month issued a harsh critique of the controversial regulations, warning that they would cause many of the group’s regional branches to lose their tax-exempt status, every member of the CBC that case a vote on a House bill that would have delayed the implementation of the regulations for a year opposed the measure.

“As drafted, the proposed regulations would cause the ‘primary’ activity — by any measure — of these NAACP unites to be counted as ‘candidate-related political activity,’ with the result that most branches and conferences would lose their tax-exempt status,” the chairwoman of the NAACP’s board of directors, Roslyn M. Brock, and the group’s interim president and chief executive offer, wrote in a public comment to the IRS.

Other liberal groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Service Employees International Union have also spoken out against the regulations, which would classify much of the day-to-day activity of social-welfare — voter education, non-partisan voter registration, and get-out-the-vote activities — and limit the amount of those activities permitted under the law.

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SOURCE:  Eliana Johnson 
National Review Online

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