In the News: LA Times: Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment

By Richard Simon and Joseph Tanfani …Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening – or why she didn’t reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd. Lerner was scheduled to appear […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The IRS and the Drive to Stop Free Speech

David Rivkin Jr. and Lee Casey wrote an excellent article for the Wall Street Journal about how the IRS scandal came to fruition: The Obama administration made clear its deep dislike of Citizens United and of the various new conservative groups spawned by the “tea party” movement. The IRS bureaucrats took the hint. No express […]

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In the News: MyWestTexas: Senate Bill 346 ‘darkly undermines speech’

By Michael Quinn Sullivan If we were their intended target, they failed miserably. Instead, they will subject to threats and intimidation donors to tea party groups, home-school organizations, right-to-life advocates and civil rights causes. They falsely describe SB 346 as a new kind of transparency. It is nothing of the sort. True transparency — legislation […]

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Daily Media Links 5/21: Time to shed light on disclosure bill, Senate Bill 346 ‘darkly undermines speech’, and more…

In the News   Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill  By DAVID KEATING and ERIC WANG Five months later, they now have a completed bill pending in the Senate yet shy away from discussing the legislative details. What are they hiding?   Let’s begin with the bill’s overall framework, which Wyden and Murkowski describe […]

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Daily Media Links 5/20: Obama’s Counsel Told of IRS Audit Findings Weeks Ago, ‘Who’s going to jail’ over IRS scandal? Probably nobody, and more…

Independent Groups   Wall Street Journal: Obama’s Counsel Told of IRS Audit Findings Weeks Ago  By Peter Nicholas The White House’s chief lawyer learned weeks ago that an audit of the Internal Revenue Service likely would show that agency employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups, a senior White House official said Sunday.   Read more…   Wall […]

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In the News: News Channel 3 Live: John Samples discusses the IRS scandal

CCP Academic Advisor John Samples discusses the IRS scandal with WWMT’s News Channel 3 Live:

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The IRS Scandal Started at the Top

Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal called out the President’s strategy of publicly identifying donors to his political opponents and calls into question the timing of IRS audits: …The Obama call for scrutiny wasn’t a mistake; it was the president’s strategy—one pursued throughout 2012. The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors […]

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In the News: Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill

Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill CCP President David Keating and Senior Fellow Eric Wang wrote an article for Politico discussing the dangers of the new Wyden-Murkowski legislation.  You can find additional analysis of the bill here. For a bill supposedly about “disclosure,” Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) gave surprisingly […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: In Wake of IRS Scandal, a Push to Nix Disclosure of Corporate Political Cash

By ANDREW ACKERMAN And SCOTT PATTERSON   WASHINGTON—Republican lawmakers sought to leverage the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups to thwart a controversial regulatory effort that could require publicly traded companies to disclose political contributions.   At a House Financial Services Committee hearing Thursday, Republican lawmakers pushed Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo […]

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In the News: NY Times: A Unique and Useful Purpose

By Rosemary Fei Just as 501(c)(3) organizations are often referred to as “charities,” those exempt under 501(c)(4) are called “social welfare organizations,” sometimes described as a step down from charity, or “charity-lite.” What’s the difference? Unlike charities, (c)(4)’s cannot offer their donors charitable contributions deductions on their income taxes, a serious disadvantage in fundraising; the trade-off […]

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