Watchdog to IRS: Update 501(c)(4) rules

CREW and David Gill, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Congress last year, mentioned those rules in a February lawsuit against the IRS, which said the agency had not been adequately watching over 501(c)(4) groups.


The American Action Network and Crossroads GPS, which has ties to Karl Rove, are both conservative groups, and Republicans generally received more backing from 501(c)(4)s and super-PACs.

The American Action Network dismissed CREW’s lawsuit when it was filed, saying the IRS and courts had “rightfully concluded” that 501(c)(4)s can play a limited role in the political process.