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Politics

Blunt Co-Sponsors Bill to Limit IRS Targeting Conservative Groups

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Senator Blunt spoke at the Ozarks Food Harvest In Springfield. Photo Credit- Shane Franklin

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US Senator Roy Blunt is co-sponsoring a bill that he says would prevent the IRS from targeting conservative non-profit groups. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

The bill would prohibit for one year an IRS regulation that would more strictly define what a 501 (c)4 non-profit group is, and what types of political activity it can do.

In a press release from Blunt’s office, the senator said without his bill, that IRS regulation would “significantly limit” the activities of some groups.  His bill would also restore the old definitions of a 501 (c)4 group to the pre-2010 standards.

In 2013, the Obama Administration came under criticism from conservative groups when the Treasury’s inspector general found that the IRS had been tougher on conservative groups appling for the 501(c)4 tax-exempt status than other groups.

The bill was introduced by Senators Jeff Flake and Pat Roberts.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.