Congress Must Cut Off AARP’s Taxpayer Funding

AARP report coverToday I sent this letter to House Speaker John Boehner:

Republican members of Congress have asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the non-profit tax status of AARP in light of the group’s massive lobbying operation and its significant commercial activities. We strongly support this request. In addition, Reps. Wally Herger and Dave Reichert have put out a report titled Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn’t Know, which we welcome.

At the same time, AARP’s tax status is determined by the IRS, not Congress. We ask Congress to take an action that is within its own authority – ending the federal subsidy for AARP.

I have enclosed our Special Report titled How the Federal Government Subsidizes AARP: Billion-Dollar Nonprofit Gets Tens of Millions of Dollars in Taxpayer Money Each Year.

Published in January 2007, this study found that federal funding accounted for $83 million, or about …