George Gibbs Center for Economic Prosperity

WCTV — Selec⁠t⁠ed Commun⁠i⁠⁠t⁠y Even⁠t⁠s: DEBATE Money, Pol⁠i⁠⁠t⁠⁠i⁠cs and ⁠t⁠he IRS: Wha⁠t⁠’s ⁠t⁠he Fu⁠t⁠ure of Your Char⁠i⁠⁠t⁠able G⁠i⁠v⁠i⁠ng?

By: The James Madison Institute / 2015

DEBATE: “Money, Politics and the IRS: What’s the Future of Your Charitable Giving?”
Date(s): 4/15/2015
6:30-8 p.m.
Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center 555 W. Pensacola St. Tallahassee, FL 32306
Dr. Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, and Hans A. von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, will debate with the Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas moderating.
Controversy abounds over the use of so-called “dark money” by certain nonprofits that under IRS Code can currently engage in lobbying and political activity, but do not have to disclose their donors. However, many have labeled nonprofit giving as Americans’ right to free speech, citing the importance of donors engaging privately with organizations that multiply their voices in the “public square.”Adding to the dispute, after facing a flood of newly-proposed nonprofit organizations filing to gain 501(c)(4) status under IRS Code, the IRS used conservative terms such as “tea party” and “patriot” to flag applicants for extra scrutiny.These revelations and more have heightened the public deliberation over this line in the sand: How should the government regulate nonprofits? We invite you to join The James Madison Institute as we host Public Citizen and The Heritage Foundation in a debate over the future of your charitable giving.Article: