Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking geared at curbing the abuse of 501(c)(4) non-profit organizations for partisan political activities.

The League sees this proposal as a major step in the fight against secret money unleashed into our political system following the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United.

“New IRS regulations covering non-profit organizations are one of the most important reforms that can be taken under current law to overcome the effects of Citizens United,” Elisabeth MacNamara, our national president said in a statement.

While some have criticized the proposal, suggesting it goes too far by including voter registration and voter guides under the definition of candidate-related political activity, we at the League believe that the concern about truly nonpartisan activity is overblown.

The League plans to review the IRS’ proposed rule very closely and will be submitting comments to ensure that nonpartisan election information activities, like the ones the League has been known for since our founding 93 years ago, will be protected.

It is critically important to stop the abuses of secret campaign money. If the IRS rulemaking process, which has just begun, can mark a big step toward that goal, it will be a huge win for campaign finance reform proponents by limiting the dark, secret money in America’s elections and a critical blow to the disastrous effects of the Citizens United ruling.