A proposal is working its way through Congress that would deter thousands of advocates and stop them from educating voters about the issues. This provision to the Federal Housing Finance Reform Act (H.R. 1461) would “gag” non-profits from all voter outreach activities if they want to receive grants from the Affordable Housing Fund.
This means that groups who help low-income voters with affordable housing would lose their federal funding if they try to teach those same people to help themselves, by making informed voting choices at the polls.
If House members are successful in attaching the gag order, it is likely Congress would move to restrict the political speech of other non-profit organizations that receive federal funds.