New Legislation Aims to Repeal UBIT on Fringe Benefits

On May 2, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the bipartisan Preserve Charities and Houses of Worship Act to repeal taxes on nonprofit fringe benefit offerings. This legislation, which accompanies a previously introduced bill in the US House of Representatives, would also rescind the requirement that organizations report their unrelated businesses or… Read more »

Honest Ads Act Reintroduced

This week a bipartisan group of legislators introduced the Honest Ads Act in the House and the Senate. The legislation would update disclosure and transparency rules for online political advertising. Political and social media ads sold online would be held to the same standard as those that appear on TV, radio, and print. Senators Amy… Read more »

Public Affairs Council Research Finds High Trust in Associations

A new report from the Public Affairs Council and Morning Consult, “Surround Sound,” shows that trust in associations is high. The report, which surveyed almost 200 congressional staffers and federal employees, found that 8 out of 10 of the respondents think trade associations are trusted sources of political information. However, associations don’t top the chart… Read more »

House to Advance H.R. 1 This Month

House Democrats are still planning to advance their government overhaul package (H.R. 1) this month, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). House Democrats’ agenda has been delayed by the partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days, but Pelosi signaled in a “Dear Colleague” letter this week that she is intent on moving the broad political… Read more »

House Bill Would Lift Ban on IRS Politicking Rules

House Democrats introduced a massive government oversight package last Friday that among other things would require the IRS to issue rules clarifying the permitted political activities of 501(c)(4) groups. The House package, introduced as H.R. 1, includes numerous provisions Democrats have wanted to pass to limit the influence of so-called “dark money” in politics. Section… Read more »