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IRS to scrap a proposed rule on 501(c) 4 groups

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said it will abandon the current proposed rule that would impact the non-profit, social welfare groups, like the MRF.

The tax agency had proposed limiting “political activity” of the nonprofits 60 days before any election. The IRS never described exactly what “political activity” would entail. Some fears were that even simple meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs would be banned under the rule. The rule could have crippled what the MRF does on a daily basis.

The MRF opposed the rule and submitted comments to the agency. The IRS mentioned that they had received an enormous amount of public comment from both conservative and liberal organizations, all against the proposed rule.

The IRS is going to be writing a new set of proposals that will start over at square one.

6th Annual Michael “Boz” Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway Success

This year was another highly successful Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) event in our Nation's Capital. We were blessed with perfect weather and a robust number of citizen motorcycle lobbyists on the most important day of the year for motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists from Connecticut, Maryland, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, South Carolina, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, and Minnesota were in attendance.

This year's event resulted in nearly 250 individual meetings with Senate and House offices to advance the MRF agenda in Washington D.C. The event also coincided with the introduction of a portion of the highway legislation that expires at the end the fiscal year, September 30th. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee introduced their portion of the highway bill, which does not affect us. What this does show, is that Congress has begun in earnest to work on the much needed highway bill.

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Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day - The Most Important Day of the Year for motorcyclists.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that the 6th annual Michael “Boz” Kerr Bikers Inside The Beltway will be held Thursday, May 15th in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation will have secure, free motorcycle parking just steps from the U.S. Capitol Building.

Last year’s event drew hundreds of motorcyclists from across the country. Don't miss out on the greatest gathering of politically active motorcyclists in Washington, D.C. This really is the most important day of the year for motorcyclists. With the Obama administration angling for mandatory helmet laws, this year’s event could not be more integral to preserving motorcycling, as we know it.

From 9:00 am to11:00 am is arrival, registration, instruction and lobby material pickup meet at thr motorcycle parking on 3rd street (a link to the map is below).

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Obama Calls for Helmet Laws

This week President Obama released his ideal version of a transportation bill. The proposal has a specific provision that would allow the federal government to push a mandatory helmet law, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports.

Parking: Buried in the 350 page document is language that would amend current United States code, which provides the motorcycle safety money that would allow “the Secretary [of transportation] or the Secretary’s designee [to] engage in activities with States and State legislators to consider proposals related to motorcycle helmet use laws.”

This provision is unacceptable to the MRF, and it’s safe to say, the United States House of Representatives. Labeled as “Support Activity” in the draft legislation, it’s a thinly veiled stab at a mandatory national helmet law.

The draft is titled “Generating Renewal, Opportunity, and Work with Accelerated Mobility, Efficiency, and Rebuilding of Infrastructure and Communities throughout America,” or GROW AMERICA Act. You can read the whole document here:
http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/DOT_surface_reauth-FINAL.pdf

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