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Amnesty Loophole Makes Illegal Immigrants More Cost-Effective than Native Workers

President Barack Obama’s decision to grant amnesty and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants creates a loophole that makes them $3,000 more attractive than native born and naturalized Americans, according to the Washington Times.

The loophole arises because Obama’s amnesty order prohibits the beneficiaries from buying subsidized insurance on an ObamaCare exchange. That prohibition means that employers don’t have to pay the $3,000 per employee fine the controversial health law imposes on businesses that don’t provide “affordable” health insurance. (Lack of affordability is what qualifies an employee to get a subsidy for the exchange.)

In other words, from an employer’s standpoint, hiring someone from Obama’s 5 million-strong amnesty pool means getting…[more]

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Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Stop IRS Proposal That Would Effectively Muzzle 501(c)4 Groups Print E-mail
Thursday, January 09 2014

The Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) today joined a broad coalition of more than 55 national organizations to urge Congress to take action to stop the IRS from moving forward with proposed rules that would severely restrict the activities of 501(c)4 organizations.  Specifically, the coalition urges Congress to include language in the omnibus appropriations bill to accomplish that goal.

As the coalition points out in its letter:

“The IRS proposal would restrict the free speech rights of such groups by arbitrarily deeming political a wide variety of activities in the newly-created category of ‘Candidate-Related Political Activity,’ which includes voter registration drives, candidate debates, voter guides, voting records and key votes.  They would restrict any criticism of an incumbent federal, state, or local politician within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election and effectively require groups to remove any reference to politicians from their websites during these windows.  They even distort the definition of "candidate" to include appointees, so groups weighing in on executive or judicial nominations would be restricted.
 
“These draconian rules will effectively muzzle 501(c)4 groups in the run-up to November’s mid-term elections while unfairly exempting 501(c)5 labor unions that support liberal candidates and causes.”

Read the full letter below or download it here (.pdf).


January 9, 2014

Dear Members of Congress:
 
As the people’s duly elected representatives, it is imperative that Congress step in and stop the IRS from codifying its suppression of conservative groups.  This rogue agency can clearly not be left to police itself, and we therefore urge you to include language in the omnibus appropriations bill to stop the IRS from pursuing rulemaking in this area and to continue robust oversight of this agency.
 
The IRS confessed to targeting conservative groups in a stunning abuse of power.   While initially blamed on a small number of so-called "rogue agents" in Cincinnati, subsequent investigations revealed that high-level IRS officials in Washington, DC actually removed case files of conservative and tea party groups from Cincinnati to Washington, where they stalled action for years, sent lengthy and intrusive questionnaires, and undermined the rights of association and speech of conservatives.
 
Nobody has been held accountable for these outrageous abuses.  Indeed, the apparent ringleader of the suppression scheme, Lois Lerner, was granted six months of paid administrative leave and then allowed to retire with her full pension.  Suppression of political dissent has been rewarded. Even worse, the IRS now proposes not to rectify its own misbehavior, but to blame the victims and effectively codify its own misdeeds by adopting draconian limitations on the free speech rights of 501(c)4 social welfare groups via regulation. 
 
The IRS proposal would restrict the free speech rights of such groups by arbitrarily deeming political a wide variety of activities in the newly-created category of “Candidate-Related Political Activity,” which includes voter registration drives, candidate debates, voter guides, voting records and key votes.  They would restrict any criticism of an incumbent federal, state, or local politician within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election and effectively require groups to remove any reference to politicians from their websites during these windows.  They even distort the definition of "candidate" to include appointees, so groups weighing in on executive or judicial nominations would be restricted.
 
These draconian rules will effectively muzzle 501(c)4 groups in the run-up to November’s mid-term elections while unfairly exempting 501(c)5 labor unions that support liberal candidates and causes.

The rules proceed from the assumption that political engagement and discussion of health care, government spending, and other public policy issues and the merits of nominees who implement them cannot logically be part and parcel of a social welfare mission.  This is not what the law requires and it is inconsistent with longstanding historical practice and understanding.
 
While Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code specifically bars those organizations from engaging in political activity, no such statutory prohibition exists in Section 501(c)(4).  For half a century the IRS has defined “social welfare” in our democratic society to include activities such as nonpartisan get-out-the-vote drives, voter registration, and voter education on issues of public concern.
 
The 501(c)(4) category has always been the home of groups that advocate public policy and hold politicians accountable for the policies they pursue at every level of government.  The IRS is disregarding these facts and severely limiting rights of association and speech, especially for smaller grassroots groups that cannot easily afford high-priced lawyers to navigate complex new rules.
 
This latest IRS power grab must be stopped, and we urge you to do so in the omnibus appropriations bill.
 
Sincerely, 

Jim Martin
Chairman
60 Plus Association

Melissa Ortiz
Founder/Principal
Able Americans

Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment

Dan Schneider
Executive Director
American Conservative Union

Thomas Pyle
President
American Energy Alliance

Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs
American Family Association

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.

Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

Brent Gardner
Director of Federal Affairs
Americans for Prosperity

Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform

John Tate
President
Campaign for Liberty

Susan Carleson
Chairman/President
Carleson Center Welfare Reform Action Fund

Sean Noble
President
Center to Protect Patient Rights

Jeffrey Mazzella
President
Center for Individual Freedom

Matt Patterson
President
Center for Worker Freedom

Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness*

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
President
Center for Security Policy* 
 
Tom Minnery
President
CitizenLink

Chris Chocola
President
Club for Growth

Gary Aldrich
President and Chairman of the Board
CNP Action, Inc.

Penny Nance
President and CEO
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus

Mattie Duppler
Executive Director
Cost of Government Center

Thomas A. Schatz
President
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Christopher J. Conover, PhD
Research Scholar
Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research*
Duke University*

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director
Digital Liberty

Brian Baker
President
Ending Spending

Ralph Reed
Chairman
Faith & Freedom Coalition

Larry Cirignano
President
Faithful Catholic Citizens

Dick Patten
President
Family Business Defense Council

Paul Caprio
Executive Director
Family Pac Federal

Kenneth R. Timmerman
President & CEO
Foundation for Democracy in Iran

James S. Gilmore III
President
Free Congress Action

Coley Jackson
President
Freedom Action

Matt Kibbe
President
FreedomWorks

George Landrith
President
Frontiers of Freedom

Aaron Stover
Director of Development, Eastern Region
The Heartland Institute

Michael Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action

Mario H. Lopez
President
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Michael Smith, Esq.
President
Home School Legal Defense Association

Heather R. Higgins
President
Independent Women’s Voice

Andrew Langer
President
Institute for Liberty

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring

Christopher Arps
Co-Founder
Move-On-Up.org

Lew Uhler
President
National Tax Limitation Committee

Pete Sepp
Executive Vice President
National Taxpayers Union

Dave Wallace, II
Founder
Restore America's Mission

Ken Hoagland
Chairman
Restore America's Voice

Lawrence A. Hunter
President
Social Security Institute

David Williams
President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Phillips
President
Tea Party Nation

Amy Kremer
Chairman
Tea Party Express

Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder
Tea Party Patriots

Todd Cefaratti
Founder
TheTeaParty.Net

C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Carl Bearden
Executive Director
United for Missouri

Morton Blackwell
Chairman
The Weyrich Lunch

Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation

Terry T. Campo
President
YR Alumni Network, Inc.

*Affiliations for identification purposes only.

 


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