Conservatives cheer IRS rule change shielding donor lists from disclosure

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July 18, 2018

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Conservatives on Tuesday hailed a move by the Treasury Department to stop requiring certain politically active nonprofit groups, including the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to identify their financial donors.

The rule, announced late Monday, should prevent the IRS and partisan state attorneys general from targeting conservative groups, Republicans say, such as the government scrutiny of tea party groups during the Obama era.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the move was a victory for free speech and a “straightforward, common-sense policy decision.”

“It’s particularly welcome news to those of us who are intently focused on defending the First Amendment, for those of us who raised concerns during the last administration about activist regulators punishing free speech and free association,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. “The IRS will no longer pointlessly demand private contributor lists from whole categories of tax-exempt organizations.”

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