Help Stop IRS Attacks on Political Expression, First Amendment
Americans have reason to be outraged and alarmed that the Internal Revenue Service has targeted conservative organizations in an effort to prevent their political expression and stifle their First Amendment rights. New IRS rules proposed in November of 2013 may lead to even more chilling and censoring of political speech.
Fortunately, these IRS abuses are being combated in Congress. Yesterday, the House passed the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act of 2014 (H.R. 3865), introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI).
But IRS abuses remain a serious issue, and, not surprisingly, the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to care.
Look no further for proof of the Administration’s flippancy on the matter than the Justice Department’s choice of one of President Obama’s campaign donors, Barbara Kay Bosserman of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, to investigate IRS abuses.
The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the seriousness (or lack thereof) of the administration’s investigation. He explained normally department regulations require its lawyers avoid even “an appearance of a conflict of interest likely to affect the public perception of integrity” of a probe or prosecution.
Bosserman’s considerable campaign contributions certainly raises the appearance of a possible conflict of interest in terms of the public’s perception of her ability to make unbiased, objective decisions in an investigation that could prove very embarrassing to the president she supports.
While this investigation takes place, and it’s seriousness is questioned, Americans concerned with our First Amendment rights can take action to stop the abuses before they go any further. The House has done it’s part passing the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act, and the Senate is up next.
Contact your senators to let them know you want them to support the Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act and that you want your First Amendment rights protected.