May 14, 2013

CREW Statement on Increasing Scrutiny of IRS

Melanie SloanWashington, D.C. — In response to the news that the IRS improperly targeted 501(c)(4) groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election — and in light of forthcoming congressional investigations into this matter — CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:

“What happened at the IRS was wrong, but let’s not be sidetracked.  The real problem is that phony 501(c)(4) groups are exploiting the tax laws to protect donors who don’t want to be held accountable for vicious, deceitful political ads.  Hopefully this scandal will put these obscure but politically significant groups on the public’s radar.

“During the congressional hearings this week, members should question all aspects of 501(c)(4) enforcement, including why an IRS regulation allows these groups to work ‘primarily’ for the social welfare when the statute requires them to engage in such activities ‘exclusively,’ as well as why the IRS has allowed some groups to violate even the lax primary purpose standard without consequences.”

Ms. Sloan is available to talk with the media on this topic.  To arrange an interview, please contact David Merchant at 202.408.5565 or

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