Center for Individual Freedom: Overreach at the IRS (In the News)

Scott Blackburn, Research Fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics, discusses the continuing saga involving the IRS as speech police, why tax collectors shouldn’t decide if an organization is a political committee or a social-welfare group, and recent developments in the campaign finance arena. Listen…

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News

The Insider: How Donor Disclosure Laws Invade Privacy, Stifle Dissent, and Threaten Free Speech (In the News)

Matt Nese There is a growing movement in the United States to make participating in politics an illegal activity—illegal unless you fill out the right forms to get the right permit from government. This movement flies under the flag of transparency, but it’s actually something else: It’s an assault on free speech. One of the […]

Filed Under: In the News, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 6/22: Gilbert church wins: Supreme Court strikes down sign ordinance, Influence of Money in Politics a Top Concern for Voters, and more…

In the News The Insider: How Donor Disclosure Laws Invade Privacy, Stifle Dissent, and Threaten Free Speech Matt Nese There is a growing movement in the United States to make participating in politics an illegal activity—illegal unless you fill out the right forms to get the right permit from government. This movement flies under the […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

Washington Post: The FEC already has rules on independent campaign spending (In the News)

Eric Wang According to Ruth Marcus’s June 14 op-ed column, “The FEC’s cry for help,” a petition filed by two commissioners at the Federal Election Commission with their own agency is a plea for their colleagues to “actually perform their duty” and “to write rules to ensure ‘dark money’ disclosure and super-PAC independence.” As if […]

Filed Under: Eric Wang, In the News, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 6/19: Federal Election Commission Members Really Don’t Like Each Other, Supreme Court Says Texas Can Reject Confederate Flag License Plates, and more…

In the News Washington Post: The FEC already has rules on independent campaign spending (LTE) Eric Wang According to Ruth Marcus’s June 14 op-ed column, “The FEC’s cry for help,” a petition filed by two commissioners at the Federal Election Commission with their own agency is a plea for their colleagues to “actually perform their […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

AP: Presidential candidates defy campaign finance limits through well-funded outside groups (In the News)

Julie Bykowicz The campaign finance watchdog group Democracy 21 has filed complaints against many of the candidates working with super PACs. Its president, Fred Wertheimer, sees “all sorts of edgy, and I would say illegal, coordination going on.” Others see no cause for alarm. “What could be more American?” asked David Keating, director of the […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 6/18: First Amendment has been shaped by culture, context, Russ Feingold’s hypocrisy is kind of a big deal, and more…

In the News AP: Presidential candidates defy campaign finance limits through well-funded outside groups Julie Bykowicz The campaign finance watchdog group Democracy 21 has filed complaints against many of the candidates working with super PACs. Its president, Fred Wertheimer, sees “all sorts of edgy, and I would say illegal, coordination going on.” Others see no […]

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Daily Media Links 6/17: IRS Won’t Release Lois Lerner Emails — Because They Might Be Duplicates, Candidate contribution limits will empower super PACS, and more…

IRS Forbes: IRS Won’t Release Lois Lerner Emails — Because They Might Be Duplicates Robert W. Wood The IRS says it may have found 6,400 more emails from Lois Lerner. What do they say? Who are they targeting? We don’t know, as the IRS says it won’t release them. The reason? This is a good […]

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A Dysfunctional FEC? Calling Inigo Montoya

We hear a lot these days about a “dysfunctional” Federal Election Commission, including from the Agency’s own Chair, Ann Ravel, who, after a promising start, has apparently decided it’s not worth the trouble to work constructively within the Agency she nominally heads, and Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, whose lengthy tenure has coincided with the alleged agency […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, benghazi, dana milbank, Don McGahn, ellen weintraub, fast and furious, federal election commission, irs scandal

Three Primary Threats to 501(c)(3) Donor Privacy

Across the country, those who wish to silence dissent are seeking to force nonprofit groups to reveal the private information – names, home addresses, occupations, and employers – of their supporters to the government. This strategy, which is being employed in states across the ideological spectrum, and by officials of both parties, is intended to […]

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