For Immediate Release Common Cause Praises IRS Plan to Re-draft Rules on Political Activity by Social Welfare Groups

Statement by Common Cause President Miles Rapoport

Written by Mary Boyle on May 22, 2014

"We’re pleased that the IRS is committed to clarifying the rules for candidate-related political activity by social welfare organizations. Revisions to the originally proposed rules were certainly in order and so we view today’s development as a positive step.


"Common Cause filed comments on the original draft rules in an effort to ensure that partisan actors are not allowed to continue abusing our tax laws to conceal the identities of individuals and groups making six- and seven-figure investments to influence our elections. We hope the IRS’s new draft will provide better guidance to social welfare organizations that engage in non-partisan voter registration and other civic engagement activities."


Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

Office: Common Cause National

Issues: Money in Politics

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