Why we fight the IRS
Campaign for Liberty has been in the news a lot lately about our fight against the IRS. You can read a recap of the events here. But basically the IRS is requesting information on our donors, and fining us for not providing it.
The right of our members to engage in political activity by privately supporting Campaign for Liberty is sacrosanct and is protected by the First Amendment. There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty.
This is not about transparency. The donor information is not going to the FEC or any other public database, like donations to a federal candidate would. This is going to the IRS, an organization that has the power to destroy.
This fight is not even about taxes. No one who donates to Campaign for Liberty receives a tax deduction. So why does the IRS want this information? Nothing good can come of this, especially when the IRS has a repeated history of “accidentally” releasing this donor information to the public. Just last year the IRS “accidentally” released the National Organization for Marriage’s donor information.
In order to protect the privacy of our members, we have decided to fight back. We believe the First Amendment is on our side in this one.