One of the issues I have worked on for several years has been IRS abuse.
The attitude and actions of the Internal Revenue Service towards conservatives has been nothing short of shocking. IRS employees gave 94% of their political contributions to Hillary Clinton. IRS workers were busted for telling people to vote for Barack Obama.
Lois Lerner, the infamous former IRS executive, targeted conservative and Tea Party groups. Lerner and her ilk did not simply delay non-profit approval for these groups. Conservatives and conservative groups were targeted for auditing and worse. In 2014, every 501(C)(4) group that was audited by the IRS was a conservative group.
What a lot of people do not know is that when the IRS scandal broke in 2013, Lerner and Obama appointees from the Department of Justice were conspiring to prosecute conservatives for the crime of being conservative.
All of this leads to something called Schedule B and Diane Black. Schedule B is an addendum that has to be filed by non-profit groups, listing their donors. Left wing groups and left wing Attorneys General want these documents.
Because with a donor list, they can harass the donors for conservative organizations and some of these people will give up because of the harassment and stop donating.
There is no reason for the IRS to collect donation data on contributions to 501(C)(4) groups. Those donations are not tax deductible. The IRS has the same need for this information as they do for the details of the breakfast someone bought from Chick-Fil-A.
After years of abuse, a Member of Congress stepped up to do something about it. Peter Roskam is a great guy and has been a leader in the fight against IRS abuses. Congressman Roskam wrote HR4916, to end the ability of the IRS to collect donor data and to protect the free speech rights of Americans.
One Congressman joined Roskam in sponsoring that bill. Of the remaining 434 Members of Congress, only one joined him in co-sponsoring that bill.
Congressman Black certainly did not have to get into this fight. She is running for the governorship. She will either win or lose, but no matter what, she won’t be back in DC next year.
You can tell a lot about someone by the fights they choose to have. Congressman Black did not have to get involved in this fight. She could have handled her business in Washington, while she worked on her campaign for governor.
The federal government is the greatest threat to liberty in America today. The Democrats have weaponized the federal government to be used against real Americans.
This reform is long overdue and conservatives should remember that when it was important, Congressman Black stood with us against the IRS.