New disclosure rules proposed by Treasury and IRS
"Dark money" groups, ranging from the National Rifle Association on the right to the American Civil Liberties Union on the left, won't have to provide the names and addresses of major donors if rules recently proposed by the Treasury Department and IRS are accepted.
While groups will still be required to report the amounts of substantial donations and keep detailed records on hand, donor files would only be reviewed by the IRS on a case-by-case basis, according to The Hill.
The IRS tried to lower the donor disclosure requirements for 501(c)(4) nonprofits last year, but the procedure was set aside by a Montana judge who said there hadn't been a proper notice and comment period.
A top issue on the democracy reform agenda — protecting elections against both disinformation and cyber hacking — is getting some unusual attention this week in the Democratic presidential campaign.
Amy Klobuchar, arguably at the top of the second tier of candidates given her rising support in Iowa, went to Atlanta on Monday to highlight her efforts in the Senate to enhance election security and to unveil some additional proposals.
The choice of location made sense for two reasons. She and nine other Democrats will meet in the city Wednesday night for their latest in a series of debates where the governing system's problems have so far received short shrift. And Georgia has emerged as the most prominent state where bolstering voting rights and election integrity have become a top priority of the Democratic establishment.
The latest effort to ease restrictions on voting through litigation is a challenge to Mississippi's requirement that naturalized citizens show proof of their citizenship when they register.
The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, says the law is unconstitutional because it violates of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause by treating one category of citizens differently from another. People born in the United States need only check a box on the state's registration form attesting they are citizens.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which helped bring the suit, says Mississippi is the only state with a unique mandate for would-be voters who were not born American citizens.