A group of 10 Republican senators have written a letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman urging him to resist changing regulations for tax-exempt organizations organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Tax Code.

An increasing number of political fundraising organizations have been applying for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, and the Internal Revenue Service has been under pressure from both political parties in Congress. Republican lawmakers have generally been urging Shulman to grant the tax exemptions, particularly to Tea Party-affiliated groups, without subjecting the groups to requests for detailed information about their finances and donors, while Democratic lawmakers have pushed Shulman to deny tax exemptions to such groups (see GOP Lawmakers Prod IRS to Grant Tax Exemptions to Political Groups, IRS Probe of Tax-Exempt Political Groups Questioned and Senate Republicans Ask IRS to Hasten Approval of Tax-Exempt Political Groups).

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