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In this episode of The Heartland Institute’s weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Dan Johnson, executive director of the Tax Revolution Institute (TRI), a nonpartisan organization committed to promoting transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels of the U.S. tax system.
Johnson and Hathaway talk about TRI’s “First Amendment Alliance,” a coalition of liberal and conservative organizations fighting to keep the so-called “muzzle rule” from being enacted, and fighting for all Americans’ right to free speech.
Three years ago, Johnson says, the government’s tax revenue collection agency, Internal Revenue Service wants to issue a regulation to redefine the definition of political activity for not-for-profit social welfare organizations, leaving many organizations almost completely unable to function, as it would have effectively prohibited them from mentioning the voting records and names of many lawmakers.
Johnson talks about the implications of this looming threat, and explains what Americans of all political stripes can do to fight lawmakers’ efforts to silence political speech.