In the News: Wall Street Journal: A Tax-Exempt IRS Primer: Breaking down the liberal excuse for selective tax enforcement.

The Wall Street Journal wrote an excellent article on the professional left’s arguments for going after non-profits with which they disagree: It isn’t easy defending politicized tax enforcement, but our liberal friends are up to the job. The real IRS scandal, they say, is the use by conservatives of 501(c) tax status as a shield […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, IRS and the Tea Party, IRS and the Tea Party

Daily Media Update 5/31: A Tax-Exempt IRS Primer, IRS’s Shulman had more public White House visits than any Cabinet member, and more…

Independent Groups   Wall Street Journal: A Tax-Exempt IRS Primer  It isn’t easy defending politicized tax enforcement, but our liberal friends are up to the job. The real IRS scandal, they say, is the use by conservatives of 501(c) tax status as a shield for political advocacy. This chorus is echoing across the liberal establishment, and […]

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In the News: Washington Times: Self-financing candidates can’t buy love; wealthy challengers rarely win the elections

Luke Rosiak writes about the problems facing self-funded candidates: But having the wealth to get out of that doesn’t always translate into political charisma, and may actually be a disadvantage for candidates who need to connect with average voters. “You don’t know how a business guy is going to come across; they may not actually […]

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In the News: The Hill: WWJD about the IRS?

The Hill: WWJD about the IRS? By Eric Wang On the question of whether to submit to secular taxation, Jesus famously advised the Jews to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” In response to the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal, Congress should take a page […]

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Daily Media Links 5/30: WWJD about the IRS?, IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show, and more…

In the News   The Hill: WWJD about the IRS?  By Eric Wang Congress can alleviate the IRS’s miseries by treating all tax-exempt organizations the same under the tax code. Then, the IRS would not have to determine whether entities may participate in politics. Instead of the open-ended “facts and circumstances” test, the law should specify […]

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In the News: AP: Alabama governor signs 2 school bond issues, campaign finance bill

From the Associated Press: The other new law signed by the governor removes the limit on how much corporations can give to political candidates in Alabama. Corporate contributions are now unlimited like individual contributions. The new law, sponsored by Republican Sen. Bryan Taylor of Prattville, also tightens limits on transfers of money between political action […]

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, In the News, State, State In the News, Alabama

In the News: National Review: Thank You, Governor Perry

By Ammon Simon On Saturday, Texas governor Rick Perry vetoed S.B. 346, legislation that would have forced certain nonprofit groups to disclose their financial supporters. As I’ve previously written, this unconstitutional legislation would have made it easier to target conservatives, which already happens in similar contexts. This particular legislation was apparently designed to make life […]

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Daily Media Links 5/29: Campaign Finance Speed Trap, White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler: From outsider to protector of the presidency, and more…

CCP   Campaign Finance Speed Trap By Eric Wang With a 556-horsepower supercharged V8, Mr. Augurson’s CTS-V is the pride of Motown – a “Standard of the World,” as its manufacturer Cadillac likes to say. So why might the Federal Election Commission be interested in Mr.Augurson’s stunning chrome Caddy? Maybe it has something to do with […]

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Campaign Finance Speed Trap

Meet Mr. T. Augurson. Although he doesn’t know it yet, he is a campaign finance scofflaw. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mr. Augurson is passionate about cars and politics – his only offense is that he combined the two interests without consulting a lawyer first. With a 556-horsepower supercharged V8, Mr. Augurson’s CTS-V […]

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Daily Media Links 5/28: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst, The myth of the ‘real IRS scandal’, and more…

CCP   Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst  By Joe Trotter Whether or not orders to use government power to target political opponents originate directly from high-ranking government officials, having a system where this type of abuse is possible is inconsistent with the limits on government enshrined in the Constitution.  While we all […]

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