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Beto O’Rourke claims US law requires religious nonprofits to support LGBT rights

“I want to make sure that we enforce those laws,” O’Rourke said” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke claimed religious organizations receiving tax benefits from the federal government should be required to “follow the law” when it comes to discriminating against gay and transgender people.Several lawmakers of both parties condemned O’Rourke’s comments, noting his position contradicted the religious liberties afforded in the Bill of Rights.”They must follow the laws of this country, including the law that prohibits discrimination.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Schumer, Wyden request IRS audit of the NRA’s tax exemption

“The IRS needs to examine whether the National Rifle Association should lose its tax-exempt status, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said today” reports politico.com. A recent report by Wyden’s committee investigators raised questions about some NRA activities and social welfare requirements for its tax exemption, the senators wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.The report alleged some NRA members used a 2015 NRA trip to Moscow for their own personal business reasons rather than for tax-exempt purposes. Misuse of…

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Democrats call to strip tax-exempt status from 60 ‘hate groups’

“House Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee said on Thursday that over 60 alleged hate groups, mostly socially conservative organizations, anti-immigration entities, and religious groups should be stripped of their tax-exempt status” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing Thursday focused on “How The Tax Code Subsidizes Hate,” at which Democrats said they were concerned about the government subsidizing groups that millions of Americans would find abhorrent and Republicans said they feared that First Amendment rights could be infringed ending some groups’ tax-exempt status.The subcommittee…

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U.S. Treasury moves to protect identities of ‘dark money’ political donors

“The change protects the privacy of wealthy donors of “dark money” donations to politically active groups” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “The same information about tax-exempt organizations that was previously available to the public will continue to be available, while private taxpayer information will be better protected.”. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood, to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities. Source: 95kqds.com

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