Matea Gold writes:

143,615.

That’s how many comments – some of them dozens of pages long – have been submitted  to the Internal Revenue Service from advocacy groups, trade associations, First Amendment attorneys, unions, think tanks, members of Congress and average Americans in response to a proposed Obama Administration regulation that would dramatically change how nonprofits engage in political activity. (Yes, for those of you following along, that means that more than 21,000 came in after our last update Thursday evening and before the 11:59 p.m deadline.)

The IRS, which plans to go through each one of the comments, is not in for a lot of positive feedback. According to an analysis by the conservative Center for Competitive Politics, which analyzed every 100th comment, 94.37% of the feedback is partially or fully against the proposal. “The quantity is impressive,” said David Keating, the center’s president. “But the quality of comments and the diversity of political views that all agree the proposed regulations are misguided is incredible.”

The suggested rules, which attempt to lay out clear boundaries for when a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization veers into political activity, have been lambasted by groups as varied as the ACLU and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a 36-page comment filed Thursday, a coalition of the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU and some of the other biggest unions in the country wrote that they “have grave concerns” about what the regulation would mean for labor unions, which are set up under a different section of the tax code. Even campaign finance advocates, who have applauded the IRS for seeking to regulate nonprofits, have suggested fixes.

About The Author

Nancy French

Nancy French is a three-time New York Times best-selling author. Her most recent books include a collaboration with Sarah Palin on her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas and with famous Chinese dissident Bob Fu on his book God’s Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian’s Fight for Freedom. Other books include Home and Away: A Story of Family in a Time of War which she co-authored with her husband David French. She also collaborated with Bristol Palin on her book Not Afraid of Life: My Story So Far and with Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson’s A Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far about Love, Faith, and Living Your Dreams. She also wrote Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle. She is the editor of the Faith and Family Channel on Patheos, writes for National Review Online and Rare magazine, and has written in numerous publications, such as USA Today, Parents magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.   She and her husband David have a home in Franklin, Tennessee, where they and their three children attend Zion Presbyterian Church (PCA).