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ADVISORY: Evangelical and Progressive Groups to Provide Perspectives on Clearer IRS Rules for Nonprofits
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ADVISORY: Evangelical and Progressive Groups to Provide Perspectives on Clearer IRS Rules for Nonprofits

Public Citizen, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Center for American Progress, and Alliance Defending Freedom will explore the need for better guidance for charities and churches.

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, January 29, the Center for American Progress will co-host an event with Public Citizen, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and the Alliance Defending Freedom on the need for clearer Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, rules for nonprofit organizations. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will deliver the keynote address.

Much of the discussion on the topic of changing tax rules for nonprofits has focused on 501(c)(4) organizations, which are allowed to engage in a certain amount of political campaign-related activity and have become more engaged than ever in the nation’s electoral system since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. But the vague test that currently defines political activity has been criticized by charities and churches for its failure to provide clear guidance on what is and is not permissible. The panelists will discuss the widely accepted agreement that clearer guidance is needed for nonprofits and will share their recommendations for what the guidance should entail.


Keynote speaker:
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Mike Batts, Chairman, Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations
Alex DeMots, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Center for American Progress
Ezra Reese, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP; Member, Bright Lines Project Drafting Committee
Erik Stanley, Senior Legal Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Dan Busby, President, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
Lisa Gilbert, Director, Congress Watch Division, Public Citizen


Thursday, January 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. ET – 11:00 a.m. ET


First Amendment Room
National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C.


Click here to RSVP.
Seating for this event is limited.

For more information, contact Chelsea Kiene at [email protected] or 202.478.5328.