House bill blocks IRS limits on political groups

4:28 PM, Feb 26, 2014   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are pushing a vote in the House to thwart Obama administration efforts to further restrict political activities by tax-exempt groups.

The GOP bill would delay for one year proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations drafted after last year's disclosures that the IRS had subjected conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status. Organizations claiming a tea party connection were among those closely screened.

Michigan Rep. Dave Camp says the proposed new rules are a blatant attempt "to legalize and institutionalize targeting" conservative groups by the IRS. Camp chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. He said the bill would "put a hold" on the proposed rules until congressional and Treasury Department investigations are completed.

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