Disclosure debate – Critics call bill ‘overly broad’

Legislation being prepared by House Republicans would require nonprofits to disclose donors who support any political activity meant to influence elections, the Associated Press reported on June 20.

As it stands now, the legislation targets nonprofits that spend more than $10,000 on political activity to disclose contributions of $1,000 or more.

Also included in the bill are newly popular nonprofits that secretly organize under section 527 of the tax code. These groups would be required to report all gifts of $200 or more to the Internal Revenue Service every three months.

Section 527 groups have been increasingly employed by supporters of Democrats and Republicans this year.

The bill would cover any political activity at any time of the year. Democrats have criticized early drafts of the bill for being overly broad.

Critics worry that the current bill is to broad to be constitutional.

“We must not in our haste overreach and pass a bill that is destined to be immediately struck down by the courts,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

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