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house Bill H.R. 4916

Does the IRS Need to Stop Collecting Information on Donors to Tax-Exempt Groups?

Argument in favor

Requiring the submission of the names and addresses of donors to tax-exempt groups has a chilling effect on free speech. Besides, the IRS is already considering ending these disclosures because it and state regulators have inadvertently disclosed personal information to the public.

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02/21/2018
The government has no need for this information
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Walter's Opinion
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02/21/2018
Obama’s IRS has already demonstrated how this power can be abused.
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DaveSnyder's Opinion
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02/21/2018
Yes. Freedom of speech is jeopardized when IRS is weaponized with data on who is donating to what causes. This is a no-brainer after what happened to TeaParty groups and those donating to them during Obama administration. And if liberals want to argue, just think if this administration decided to use IRS to punish communist groups and people donating to them. Should not happen in either instance under our 1st Amendment.
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Argument opposed

Disclosures of donor names, addresses, and donation amounts don’t deter people from donating to causes they believe in. Even if there are accidental public releases of confidential information, these disclosures are needed to ensure that taxpayers aren’t being defrauded by these groups.

Chuck 's Opinion
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02/21/2018
This is an attempt to hide questionable non profits from scrutiny. Many of which are promoting purely political agendas. Full disclosure is necessary to ensure tax dodges are not being conducted
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Evan's Opinion
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02/21/2018
Transparency is crucial and this is an important part of transparency, who is giving who money to get what they want no matter what "side" they are on.
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David's Opinion
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02/21/2018
Transparency is key - especially in these times
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 2nd, 2018
    The government has no need for this information
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    This is an attempt to hide questionable non profits from scrutiny. Many of which are promoting purely political agendas. Full disclosure is necessary to ensure tax dodges are not being conducted
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    Transparency is crucial and this is an important part of transparency, who is giving who money to get what they want no matter what "side" they are on.
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    Transparency is key - especially in these times
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    TRANSPARENCY that’s what I want!!!
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    Full disclosure is needed.
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    Do not allow unlimited dark and foreign money to pour into our electoral system by way of “non-profits”. This is a recipe for disaster by welcoming foreign influence and encouraging religious zealotry. Have we not already learned our lesson?!?
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    Yeah please don’t revoke the requirement to submit donor information to the IRS. We want to keep track of these tax-exempt spendings to ensure that the public isn’t being frauded out of tax money.
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    How will we ever get the money out if politics if we don’t know who are the donors? This issue is at the heart of where our nation has gone wrong in so many ways.
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    Obama’s IRS has already demonstrated how this power can be abused.
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    Citizens united is the worst law the Supreme Court ever enacted. Americans need to know who is buying congress or any nonprofit entities
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    IRS should actually get more data. The IRS should always get the Data it needs.
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    This guy is working toward the legalization of political corruption.
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    This has the stench of corruption all over it. This would allow money donated to hide under the cover. What the heck is happening with this GOP Government? Why does everything have a corrupt intent?
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    Yes. Freedom of speech is jeopardized when IRS is weaponized with data on who is donating to what causes. This is a no-brainer after what happened to TeaParty groups and those donating to them during Obama administration. And if liberals want to argue, just think if this administration decided to use IRS to punish communist groups and people donating to them. Should not happen in either instance under our 1st Amendment.
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    Transparency for the public. There’s too much covert and dark money already. Take the covers off.
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    Just as it was for the cartoon character. Casper the Friendly Ghost. TRANSPARENCY is an absolute necessity!
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    Transparency is needed now more than ever. Tracking donations is a method to keep people like Trump on the straight & narrow.
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    Get rid of IRS, if not, at least stop them from being a police and surveillance force.
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    They should escalate the regulations to go after corrupt, unethical non-profits. Many of these organizations should lose their tax exemption status.
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