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 »

Rettig Pressed on Nonprofit Political Activity

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig was officially sworn in this week and is being pressed by Senate Democrats to defend and enforce a provision in the tax code that bans churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity. The Johnson Amendment, which has been in place since 1954, prohibits churches and other groups… Read more »

Treasury Challenged on Donor Disclosure Decision

Senate Democrats continue to seek more information about the Treasury Department’s recent decision to revoke a long-standing requirement that certain tax-exempt organizations report the names and addresses of donors to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Last week, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven… Read more »

Senate Steers Clear of Johnson Amendment Debate

The Senate last week passed a package of four appropriations bills that included $11.3 billion for the IRS but did not include a provision in the House-passed version that would weaken enforcement of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment, a decades-old prohibition on churches and charities getting involved in political campaigns, has been a target… Read more »