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IRS Rules Aim to Silence Tea Party Non-Profits

IRS Rules Aim to Silence Tea Party Non-Profits
Posted January 14th, 2014 @ 6:00am by KTRH's Nik Rajkovic

As promised, the IRS is proposing new rules to clamp down on tea party groups and other grassroots activism.

The federal agency wants to restrict voter guides, legislative scorecards, get-out-the-vote campaigns and even the voter registration activities of non-profit groups.

Critics argue the rules are meant to regulate conservative not-profits out of business.

However, True the Vote's Catherine Engelbrecht says liberal groups are allowed to continue under the guise of Obamacare.

“The left now has co-opted the Obamacare Navigator platform to use for voter registration, so that leaves groups like ours that are interested in voter engagement facing a whole new slew of laws that we're the only ones have to play by,” Engelbrecht tells KTRH News.

“They've done an end-around so that their non-profits are now largely excluded from the types of things they want to scrutinize us for,” she says.

But the fight isn't over yet.

“True the Vote has started a website called and comments are being taken by the IRS through the end of February,” says Engelbrecht.

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