George Gibbs Center for Economic Prosperity

You’re Inv⁠i⁠⁠t⁠ed — DEBATE: Money, Pol⁠i⁠⁠t⁠⁠i⁠cs and ⁠t⁠he IRS: Wha⁠t⁠’s ⁠t⁠he Fu⁠t⁠ure of Your Char⁠i⁠⁠t⁠able G⁠i⁠v⁠i⁠ng?

By: The James Madison Institute / 2015

Link to live-streamed debate if you aren’t in Tallahassee for this event:

“Money, Politics and the IRS: What’s the Future of Your Charitable Giving?”
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.
Free Event: You’re Invited!
Wednesday, April 15
6:30-8 p.m.
Free with RSVP:
Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
555 W. Pensacola St.
Tallahassee, FL 32306
Parking garage on premises.
Dr. Craig Holman is the government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen. Holman has been called upon to assist as a researcher and/or expert witness defending in court the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) as well as the campaign finance reform laws of Alaska, Arkansas, California and Colorado. He has also testified on several occasions about government reform before committees of the U.S. Congress, the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Hans A. von Spakovsky is the manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. His analysis and commentary have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Politico and Human Events, as well as such outlets as National Review Online and Townhall. His series for PJ Media, “Every Single One,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He appears regularly on Fox News Channel and on other national and regional TV and radio news outlets.
Mary Ellen Klas, our moderator, is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and a co-bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. In her 29-year career in Florida, she has covered five governors and multiple public policy topics. Klas has won numerous awards for her work, most recently for an investigation of Florida’s child welfare system.
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