Daily Media Links 3/18: RNLA: The Obama Administration’s War on the 1st Amendment, WND: The Real IRS Targeting Scandal, USA Today: Cincinnati political brawl lands before SCOTUS, and more…

In the News SCOTUS Blog: Commentary: The return of the Robert Bork “dueling briefs” strategy: Buckley v. Valeo, Susan B. Anthony List, and Ohio Attorney General DeWine By Marty Lederman But now, in the course of the merits briefing in the Supreme Court, Attorney General DeWine has filed an amicus brief, ahead of the brief he will file […]

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CCP Comments on Constitutional Issues with Minnesota House File 2662

Full PDF available at this link. Re: Constitutional Issues with House File 2662 Dear Chairman Simon, Vice Chairwoman Halverson, and Members of the Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I respectfully submit the following comments concerning House File 2662, which is currently being considered by the House Elections Committee. Specifically, I write […]

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In the News: RNLA: FEC’s Democrat Commissioners ask IRS to ignore Commission’s own expertise

By Paul Jossey As the Center for Competitive Politics commented, the simplest solution is to have the IRS categorize Section 527 groups as those determined by the FEC (or similar state commissions) to be ‘political committees’ i.e. those whose “major purpose” is the nomination or election of candidates. It could then classify the rest under Section 501(c)(4). This […]

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Daily Media Links 3/17: RNLA: FEC’s Democrat Commissioners ask IRS to ignore Commission’s own expertise, The Dangers of Government Control over Campaigns: NYC Edition, The American: Tempest at a Tea Party, and more…

In the News RNLA: FEC’s Democrat Commissioners ask IRS to ignore Commission’s own expertise By Paul Jossey As the Center for Competitive Politics commented, the simplest solution is to have the IRS categorize Section 527 groups as those determined by the FEC (or similar state commissions) to be ‘political committees’ i.e. those whose “major purpose” is the nomination or […]

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The Dangers of Government Control over Campaigns: NYC Edition

As New York State legislators consider implementing a taxpayer-financed campaign scheme modeled after New York City’s program, a complaint filed against the New York City Campaign Finance Board (NYCCFB) raises an important concern about these programs:  if public funding becomes a necessity to win public office, the government can effectively shut down campaigns merely by […]

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Daily Media Links 3/13: Wall Street Journal: Did Lois Lerner Lie to Congress?, Wall Street Journal: Democrats Say Issa Bungled Procedure at IRS Hearing, Politico Magazine: The Un-American Anti-Koch Campaign, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: Did Lois Lerner Lie to Congress? Potomac Watch columnist Kimberley Strassel on a new House report that examines the former IRS executive’s role in targeting conservative nonprofits. Watch more…   Wall Street Journal: Democrats Say Issa Bungled Procedure at IRS Hearing By John D. McKinnon House Democrats said on Wednesday that Republicans goofed […]

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In the News: Cato Institute: Putting the IRS in Charge of Speech

The IRS is a political agency. It’s been used against political opponents going back to at least the 1960s. New proposed rules governing nonprofits that lobby Congress could muzzle those groups when they want to talk to their own members. David Keating is President of the Center for Competitive Politics. Listen…

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Daily Media Links 3/12: Unintended Consequences: Iowa Edition, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Lois Lerner’s Involvement in the Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations, and more…

In the News Cato Institute: Putting the IRS in Charge of Speech The IRS is a political agency. It’s been used against political opponents going back to at least the 1960s. New proposed rules governing nonprofits that lobby Congress could muzzle those groups when they want to talk to their own members. David Keating is President of the […]

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Unintended Consequences: Iowa Edition

When governments pass laws intended to curb the influence of wealth in politics, they often end up with regulatory regimes that are either so strict or so complex that legal counsel is necessary to navigate them. The unintended consequence of these laws is that they actually elevate the influence of the wealthy, who can afford […]

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Daily Media Links 3/11: Excess of Democracy: The Irony of Ben and Jerry’s Opposition to Citizens United Should Not Go Unnoticed, Politico: Mark Begich targets Kochs in first TV ad, Time: Clinton Super PAC ‘Ready For Hillary’ Gets Readier, and more…

Independent Groups Excess of Democracy: The Irony of Ben and Jerry’s Opposition to Citizens United Should Not Go Unnoticed By Derek Muller First, their movement is a corporate movement speaking out against other corporations speaking. “The Stamp Stampede” is a project of “Power People Initiatives,” a Vermont nonprofit corporation, funded by the “International Forum on […]

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.