Mr. Speaker, in 2001 the U.S. Government shut down the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for its role in sending money to Hamas. But some of the Holy Land Foundation’s employees are now working at 501(c)(3) ‘‘charities’’ that are leading the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the U.S. against Israel.
Charitable American donors have no way of knowing of the questionable histories of some of the employees of these charities before they donate. My bill, The Charity Transparency Act, will require organizations applying for 501(c)(3) status to disclose if any of their key employees once worked for such organizations.
It would require no new paperwork and give the IRS no new authorities. It would just require one more disclosure on the already existing IRS documents.
It would also not penalize any of these charities. It would simply protect charitable American citizens and arm them with the information they need to make better informed decisions regarding where they donate their hard earned money.
I urge my colleagues to support this important bill. And that’s just the way it is.