Daily Media Links 6/28: Committee Hearing on IRS Scandal Raises More Questions Than Answers, Cover the IRS, Don’t Cover for It, and more…

CCP   Committee Hearing on IRS Scandal Raises More Questions Than Answers By Luke Wachob More thorough investigation should hopefully bring to light further details about the “who, what, when, why, and how” of the scandal. In the meantime, I’ve made my own “initial conclusion:” The right of every citizen to voice their opinion is […]

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Committee Hearing on IRS Scandal Raises More Questions Than Answers

On the morning of June 27, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing to question IRS Principal Deputy Commissioner (and Acting Commissioner) Daniel Werfel regarding his June 24 report, “Charting a Path Forward at the IRS:  Initial Assessment and Plan of Action.” The report details Werfel’s initial findings and suggestions based on a […]

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Daily Media Links 6/27: IRS on Wrong Track on Reforms to Prevent Repeat of Targeting Scandal, New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections, and more…

CCP   IRS on Wrong Track on Reforms to Prevent Repeat of Targeting Scandal By Joe Trotter The letter says “This is the rule that ought to have been adopted by the IRS following Buckley 37 years ago. Yet even after the exposure of recent abuses caused by the lack of bright line rules, instead of scrapping the […]

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IRS on Wrong Track About Reforms to Prevent Repeat of Targeting Scandal

Alexandria, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) sent a letter this morning to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel warning that the IRS is on the wrong track in addressing fundamental problems that helped cause the targeting of conservative groups criticized by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General in May. CCP President David Keating wrote […]

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New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections

In urging support for the DISCLOSE Act back in 2010, President Obama said, “A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.” This was not the first time the President echoed left-wing groups’ hysterical claims about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

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Daily Media Links 6/26: New Research from CCP Academic Advisor Casts Doubt on Campaign Finance “Reform” Measures, IRS Offers New Streamlined Option to Certain 501(c)(4) Groups Caught in Application Backlog, and more…

CCP   New Research from CCP Academic Advisor Casts Doubt on Campaign Finance “Reform” Measures  By Luke Wachob Ultimately, Cordis and Milyo find no evidence linking any campaign finance regulations with lower corruption rates. Whether a state attempts to limit campaign contributions to candidates, provide taxpayer-funding assistance to candidate campaigns, or both, there appears to […]

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New Research from CCP Academic Advisor Casts Doubt on Campaign Finance “Reform” Measures

The longstanding legal rationale upholding certain campaign finance restrictions has been that they prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption, but do they? Recent research from professors Adriana Cordis, an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and Jeff Milyo, CCP Academic Advisor and Professor of Economics at the University of […]

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Daily Media Links 6/25: The Nuclear Amendment, New IRS chief admits more targeting cases, and more…

CCP The Nuclear Amendment By Tom Swanson In other words, unlike other amendments, which give Congress and the states explicit power to regulate campaign finance (dangerous as that may be), Mr. Tester’s proposed amendment would strip corporate entities of all constitutional protection whatsoever. That means Koch Industries and Crossroads GPS couldn’t invoke the First Amendment, […]

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The Nuclear Amendment

Last Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the latest proposed Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. According to Sen. Tester, the amendment seeks to ensure that “real people and their ideas – not corporations and their money – …decide our elections.” As misguided as this understanding of Citizens United […]

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AEI Event: Washington’s ongoing assault on free speech: An address by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

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