The Center for Public Integrity quoted Trevor Potter regarding the IRS's use of keywords to identify organizations with a significant amount of political activity. There are about 90,000 organizations recognized by the IRS as nonprofits under Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, but most social welfare nonprofits do not have politically charged names. For the complete article, please visit The Center for Public Integrity's website.
Excerpt taken from the article.
Trevor Potter — a Republican lawyer and president of the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for stronger campaign finance regulations — says that the Internal Revenue Service is right to be on the lookout for organizations with a "significant amount of political activity."
"What they are trying to do is identify groups that intend to be politically active, which is the appropriate thing for them to do," he told the Center for Public Integrity, adding an important caveat.
"It seems to me, personally, that using the name is a pretty weak indicia," he continued.