But as I listen to this discussion, I’d like to remind everyone what we are talking about here. None of your organizations were kept from organizing, or silenced. We are talking about whether or not the American taxpayers would subsidize your work. We are talking about a tax break. If you didn’t come in and ask for this tax break, you would have never had a question asked of you. You could go out there and say anything you want in the world.
Each of your groups is highly political. From opposing the President’s healthcare reform, to abortion restrictions, to gay marriage, you’re all entrenched in some of the most controversial political issues in this country – and with your applications you are asking the American public to pay for that work. Many of you host and endorse candidates. The line between permitted political activity and non-permitted political activity can be very fine, and it’s important that tax payers know which side you fall on
But let’s not get lost. During the Bush Administration liberal groups were targeted without any concern by Mr. [Darrell] Issa or anyone else on this committee. The Republicans were looking for a conspiracy where there isn’t one.