IRS idea could end election debates on campus

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The Internal Revenue Service proposed changes in November to the rules governing politically active nonprofit groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS. The change would define voter registration campaigns, get-out-the-vote drives and events at which political candidates appear as “political activity.” And in the same document, they asked for feedback on eventually applying the same definition to nonprofits without a political purpose — like colleges.

“We really do believe this would undermine our civic mission, which goes way back, even before the country was founded,” said Steven Bloom, director of federal relations at the American Council on Education. The higher education lobbying group sent a letter this week to the IRS strenuously arguing against the idea.

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