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Ways & Means Seeks Public Input on Tax-Exempt Organizations: Violations of Rules on Political Activi

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Submit your reports here Given these concerning reports, we are issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to solicit information from stakeholders and the public to help the Committee better understand and evaluate the activities of certain organizations that are tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Sections 501(c)(3) and Section 501(c)(4). Please submit your responses to the questions below to by September 4, 2023.



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Committee on Ways and Means is conducting an examination into whether entities that qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501 of the U.S. Code are abiding by the statutory and regulatory prohibitions against certain activities and whether foreign sources of funding are being funneled through such organizations to influence America’s elections. As a part of that effort, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman David Schweikert (AZ-01) have released an open letter to groups organized under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) requesting information and input on existing rules and regulations governing them and foreign sources of funding for tax-exempt organizations and what, if any, policy changes Congress should consider.

“Public reporting has raised questions about whether tax-exempt sectors are operating in a manner consistent with the laws and regulations that govern such organizations and whether foreign funds are flowing through these organizations to influence American politics,” writes Ways and Means Committee Chairman Smith and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Schweikert. “For example, the Committee has learned that a Super Political Action Committee (PAC) recommended donations to 501(c)(3) organizations as ‘the single most effective tactic for ensuring Democratic victories’ and that large donations from a wealthy donor to state election offices in 2020 may have been done in a manner that helps one political party over another. Additionally, the Committee has also found that significant amounts of foreign money is flowing through 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations to influence elections.”


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