The following written testimony was submitted to the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee for a June 23, 2015, hearing on the proposed amendment to Ohio's initiated constitutional amendment process.
I sympathize with the goals of Sub. H.J.R. 4 but, for the reasons stated more fully below, oppose the proposal in its present form. Its vague and ambiguous language is an invitation to judicial lawmaking and would do more harm than good if adopted. [Read Comment]
As we described in Section 3.5 of the e-Book, which covers Tax-Exempt Organizations, 501(c)(3) organizations may not intervene in an election for or against and candidate. The IRS has recently started "inquiries" to determine if certain 501(c)(3)s violated their (c)(3) status by engaging in political intervention. You can find links here to information on various actions taken by the IRS.