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February 14, 2014

In Your Opinion: IRS rules are an assault on freedom

Another assault on our freedom is occurring. As an American citizen and taxpayer, I hope you too are outraged and motivated to contact your Congressmen and the IRS. New rules (REG-134417-13) will further target organizations not in line with the current administration. This is unconstitutional and an assault on free speech. This agency is bent on making its illegal acts legal and proposes new regulations to stifle political speech and make it even more difficult for grass-roots organizations to form. 

These new rules would make it illegal for a 501(c)(4) organization to participate in voter registration activities (such as having registration forms available) host forums, debates with our representatives (Schumer, Gillibrand, Gibson) publish voting records or even mention the names of elected officials in public statements. 

These are rules of despots, not rules of a free people. I urge you, no matter what party, to call, write or tweet your Congressmen to stop this assault on the First Amendment. Also, flood the IRS with comments. 

Jeanne Bridger

Maryland

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