Concern grows for nonprofit political activity

 

Members of Congress from both parties are expressing increasing concern over political activity by nonprofit organizations.

 

The issue took center stage at a Dec. 13 House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing, and there was significant discussion around whether changes should be made to Form 990 to require additional disclosures. The panel was especially concerned with political activity by foreign nationals through nonprofits, and activity committee members considered partisan, facilitated by 501(c)(3) organizations.

 

The effort is gaining traction, though legislation that could become law has yet to be introduced. Despite the bipartisan interest, much of the political discourse has been partisan, with each side criticizing the activity of nonprofits aligned with the opposition.

 

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