Newsmax: Ethics Complaint: 9 Senators Involved in IRS Targeting (In the News)

By Melissa Clyne After the 2010 Citizens United decision — which found that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political spending by corporations, associations, or labor unions — “Democrats adopted a campaign strategy of attempting to squelch the speech of conservative groups,” Smith and Keating wrote. Schumer immediately tried, unsuccessfully, to pass legislation known as […]

Filed Under: In the News, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Quotes CCP

Washington Examiner: Group calls on Senate Ethics Committee to investigate nine senators amid IRS scandal (In the News)

By Spencer Brown The Center for Competitive Politics has lodged a formal complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, urging the committee to investigate nine senators for “improperly interfering with the administrative proceedings of the Internal Revenue Service.”   Read more…  

Filed Under: In the News, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Quotes CCP

The Hill: Conservative group accuses nine Dem senators of unethical conduct (In the News)

By Peter Schroeder The group wants the ethics panel to look at Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.), Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Al Franken (Minn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), and Tom Udall (N.M.). In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, many of those lawmakers openly […]

Filed Under: IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Quotes CCP

Wall Street Journal: Congress Abetted the IRS Targeting of Conservatives (In the News)

By Brad Smith and David Keating On Monday the Center for Competitive Politics filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against nine U.S. senators: for interfering with IRS tax proceedings; for misusing official resources for campaign purposes; and for improper conduct that reflects poorly upon the Senate. Attempting to use the IRS to advance a […]

Filed Under: Featured Content, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Published Articles

Free Beacon: Koch-Addled Democrats Slapped With Ethics Complaints (In the News)

By Andrew Stiles Meanwhile, a number of Reid’s Democratic colleagues are facing a separate ethics complaint from the Center for Competitive Politics for their alleged roles in the IRS targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. The complaint accuses several Senators—Carl Levin (D., Mich.), Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.), Tom Udall (D., N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse […]

Filed Under: In the News, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Quotes CCP

10% of Tea Party Donors Subject to IRS Audits

The Washington Times published an article about how almost 10% of tea party donors were subject to IRS audits, well above the national average of around 1%.  From the article (House Republicans find 10% of tea party donors audited by IRS): Despite assurances to the contrary, the IRS didn’t destroy all of the donor lists scooped up […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues

Three Thoughts on the ABA’s Section 501(c)(4) Comments

Yesterday, the American Bar Association’s Taxation Section submitted comments on the IRS’s proposed regulations governing political activity by section 501(c)(4) organizations. As one would expect, it is a thorough and professional document. The contrast with the amateurish IRS effort that necessitated these comments is stark. While the comments should be read in their entirety, three […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party

The IRS recognizes that it needs different rules governing 501(c)(4) groups (Video)

Yesterday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen announced[1] that the IRS will be pulling its controversial rule[2] expanding regulation of nonprofit social welfare organizations—commonly referred to as § 501(c)(4) groups. Such groups, like the NRA or the Sierra Club, often advocate for specific legislation and occasionally support or oppose candidates. The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) criticized […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues

Public Citizen’s Spin

Sometimes you just have to give props to the anti-speech activist community for managing to find a silver lining when they are clearly on the wrong side of history. Public Citizen, part of the conglomerate of groups that publically claimed that the IRS wasn’t doing enough to tamp down on 501(c)(4) organizations, managed to find […]

Filed Under: Blog, Communications, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues

Censorship Through the Tax Code: How the Proposed IRS Rules for Social Welfare Groups Stifle Political Activity

On Tuesday, March 4, the Cato Institute hosted a panel discussion on the proposed IRS rulemaking for 501(c)(4) organizations. As CCP noted in our third set of comments to the IRS, this rulemaking redefines “political activity” so broadly and is so unworkable as to severely restrict the speech rights of all 501(c)(4) groups, regardless of […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues

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