Curbs on Social-Welfare Groups Would Deprive Everyday Citizens of a Voice

The Internal Revenue Service’s clumsy handling of applications for social-welfare status in 2012 has triggered a rash of fevered responses along with some serious policy proposals.

It’s fair to argue that an examination of the rules governing these organizations, classified under Section 501(c)(4), is long overdue.

No one involved in the world of nonprofit advocacy would claim that the current system is a model of clarity or coherence. Causing the problem in part