CNN: Senators weigh in on 'dark money' tax deduction

Jon Sarlin
Dec 11, 2017

As Congress debates a provision that critics warn could allow for tax deductible secret political donations, a key Republican senator at the center of the negotiations told CNN he does not want taxpayers "subsidizing" political speech.

The debate weighs around a proposed rule change to the Johnson Amendment, a law that currently prevents nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups from directly participating in politics.
"The law's claim to apply very narrowly is effectively meaningless because the terms in the law are ambiguous and we know that the IRS is not going to enforce the law against political operatives that push the envelope," Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center told CNN.

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