Archives for November 2013

In the News: National Review Online: Silenced by the Taxman

National Review Online: Silenced by the Taxman By Bradley A. Smith It’s been over six months since the IRS inspector general’s report was released, revealing that the agency had improperly targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny by withholding approval of what have traditionally been routine applications for organizations to operate as social-welfare organizations under Section […]

Filed Under: In the News, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Published Articles

In the News: National Review Online: Silenced by the Taxman

By Bradley A. Smith … But the IRS has not been completely inactive. Just before heading off for the Thanksgiving holiday, the agency dumped a proposed rule into the Federal Register that, if enacted in its current form, would place further restrictions on the political activity of citizen groups, including nonpartisan voter-registration efforts, “meet the candidate” nights and debates, and communications aimed at informing […]

Filed Under: In the News

In the News: Washington Post: New IRS rules add both clarity and confusion about the role of advocacy groups in politics

By Matea Gold “The IRS should not be in the business of regulating political activity,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, a conservative legal policy group. “They’re trying to reinvent the wheel. A lot of the activity that they’re trying to describe, the [Federal Election Commission] has already written regulations on.” […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

In the News: SCPR: Obama Administration proposes new rule to rein in nonprofit political groups

By AirTalk The Obama administration this week unveiled a proposed rule that would limit the role tax-exempt, nonprofit groups play in politics and election campaigns. Under the proposed rule, “social welfare” groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama outfit Priorities USA, which enjoy certain tax benefits under the 501(c)(4) designation but could raise […]

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

In the News: Center for Public Integrity: IRS sets its sights on political ‘dark money’

By Michael Beckel … Such nonprofits organized under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code must be “operated exclusively to promote social welfare” and function “primarily to further the common good and general welfare of the people of the community,” according to the IRS. … The IRS is calling for the creation of a new legal term […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

In the News: Wall Street Journal: IRS Rules on Nonprofits’ Political Activity Get Mixed Reaction

By Thomas Catan Mr. Keating, who previously worked for Club for Growth, one of the conservative groups that could be affected by the new rules, criticized one of the new IRS proposals, which would count as political work any communications naming a candidate in the run-up to an election. He said he also would be closely watching the […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

In the News: Marketplace: Following the money on the new IRS rules

By Mark Garrison Libertarian critics object to many campaign finance regulations on free speech and privacy grounds. They point out that people may have good reasons to want to give anonymously, such as fear of harassment tied to their political views. There’s a fear that excessive regulations hinder political participation.   “It’s a bad thing […]

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

In the News: Roll Call: Treasury, IRS Propose New Nonprofit Rules

By Eliza Newlin Carney But much of what Treasury and the IRS outlined Tuesday is similar to draft regulations that the pro-free speech Center for Competitive Politics is preparing to submit to the agencies, said center President David Keating. However, Keating objected to the section of the federal guidance that defines political activity to include communications […]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP

Treasury Releases Vague Details on New IRS Guidance

The Treasury press release is vague on key details that won’t be known until a draft rule is released.  The devil will be in the details.  The proposed rule is right to recognize that advocacy nonprofit groups can conduct political activities.  Participation in our nation’s elections is vitally important to efficient and effective government and […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party

Daily Media Links 11/26: How not to “clean up Albany”, New! Stark threatens SuperPAC against Swalwell, How liberal mega-donor Peter Lewis left his mark on politics, and more…

CCP Media Watch: How not to “clean up Albany” By Luke Wachob On Friday, the New York Times editorial board resumed its delusional calls for a statewide taxpayer-financed campaign program, using long-discredited arguments to urge the Governor Cuomo-appointed Moreland Commission to make tax-financing its “No. 1 proposal” in a report on corruption in the state’s campaign […]

Filed Under: Daily Media Links

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