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Live Blog: 2014 ACR Summit for Leaders

This is a live blog providing updates from the 2014 ACR Summit for Leaders.

We’re just a few minutes from starting. We’ll have a few opening remarks followed by the congressional panel.

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ACR on President’s Budget: Disappointed in Cap, Praise Streamlined PF Excise Tax

Budget Proposal Also Includes the Buffett Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) issued the following statement upon the release of President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which includes a 28 percent cap on the charitable deduction, the Buffett Rule and a streamlined private foundation excise tax.

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ACR Summit Panelists Express Thoughts on Tax Reform Plan

Two panelists slated to participate in next week’s Alliance for Charitable Reform Summit for Leaders published articles about the tax reform bill recently released by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI).

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Letter to IRS on Proposed Rules

Adam Meyerson, president of The Philanthropy Roundtable, sent a letter on Tuesday to John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, offering comments on the proposed rules for tax-exempt organizations on candidate-related political activity.

“The proposed rules—without question—threaten the essential and permissible work of donors, foundations, and charitable organizations to…”

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ACR Statement on Camp Tax Reform Legislation

Bill Recognizes Importance of Charitable Deduction, Streamlines PF Excise Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) issued the following statement upon the release of tax reform legislation authored by House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI).

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Lawmakers Must Understand Philanthropy to Make Better Policy Choices

By Alicia Philipp and John Tyler

There’s an old saying in politics: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

As policy makers in D.C. and elsewhere debate public-policy changes that directly affect philanthropy, this idiom will become reality unless more foundations recognize their place in enhancing understanding of what philanthropy does and the constructive impact it has.

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ACR News 02.21.14 - Tax Reform Bill Coming, Wyden Takes Over

>> Federal: Wyden Takes Over Senate Finance Committee
>> Federal: Camp Getting Closer
>> Federal: Debt Ceiling Drama
>> Federal: ACR Summit for Leaders
>> Consider This: DC’s Focus
>> Top Reads: Dave Camp defies skeptics

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America’s Philanthropic Spirit Thrives on Freedom, Not Mandates

By Adam Meyerson

The Philanthropy Roundtable is deeply concerned about recent remarks made by Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, before a leading regional association of grantmakers:

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ACR Blog: Camp Tax Reform Bill to be Unveiled

House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) will release his tax reform bill next week, according to a report from Politico.

“The Michigan Republican wrote his party’s tax panel members to make it official: He is moving forward with a proposal, the product of several years’ work,” the Politico article stated.

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Left and Right Object to I.R.S. Plan to Restrict Nonprofits’ Political Activity

By Carl Hulse

WASHINGTON — With time running short, both progressive and conservative advocacy groups are raising serious objections to new rules proposed by the Obama administration to rein in political activity by nonprofit organizations that are not required to disclose sources of their funding.

In a rare agreement between Tea Party and liberal activists, organizations across the political spectrum say new regulations drafted by the Internal Revenue Service to curb a surge in political spending and activity by nonprofits are far too broad. They fear that enforcement of the regulations would chill more neutral civic initiatives such as voter registration efforts and candidate forums.

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