The IRS, “Political Activity,” and “Disclosure:” A Brief Rejoinder to Mr. Ryan

The Campaign Legal Center’s blog today republished a letter to the editor penned by Paul S. Ryan, the Center’s Senior Counsel. Entitled “The IRS is doing its job—or more accurately—contemplating doing its job after years of dereliction,” the letter responds to an opinion piece published by CCP’s Chairman, Bradley A. Smith, in the Wall Street […]

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In the News: WFB: Center for America-Iran Progress

By Alana Goodman David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, argued that it is “definitely hypocritical” for CAP to argue in favor of stronger disclosure laws in campaign finance while failing to disclose all of its financial interests. “If new disclosure laws are such a great idea, they should disclose all their activity now,” […]

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In the News: Real Clear Markets: Obama Makes the IRS Free Speech Cop Too

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth I am not suggesting that the Internal Revenue Service regulate other tax-exempt organizations, such as 501(c)(3)s and 501(c)(5)s. Rather, the IRS should not be regulating in this area at all. Political activity is regulated by the Federal Election Commission. The First Amendment requires that everyone have free speech, and to the extent that contributions and […]

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Daily Media Links 12/17: Hypotheticals and the Doctrine of Circumvention, “Polarization” in the “Political World”, Donor Disclosure by Center for American Progress Leaves Much in the Dark, and more…

In the News More Soft Money Hard Law: Hypotheticals and the Doctrine of Circumvention By Bob Bauer The McCutcheon case continues to stir up comment about the hypotheticals the Justices used at oral argument to debate the need for an aggregate limit. Zac Morgan at the Center for Competitive Politics takes on one such hypothetical and […]

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Campaign Legal Center agrees with CCP: IRS regulations are not about tax policy, but regulating political speech

The Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan has responded to my December 9 Wall Street Journal op-ed with a letter that, while apparently intended to rebut the op-ed, in fact affirms its core point. My Journal piece was critical of the IRS’s foray into political regulation, asking the question “Why is the IRS regulating political activity?” I […]

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Daily Media Links 12/16: Politicians move to rake in more campaign cash, WSJ: IRS Targeting: Round Two, and more…

In the News USA Today: Politicians move to rake in more campaign cash By Fredreka Shouten “It enables more speech by more people,” David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said of the increased limits. “We think that part of the spirit of the First Amendment is people being able to speak about […]

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In the News: More Soft Money Hard Law: Hypotheticals and the Doctrine of Circumvention

By Bob Bauer The McCutcheon case continues to stir up comment about the hypotheticals the Justices used at oral argument to debate the need for an aggregate limit. Zac Morgan at the Center for Competitive Politics takes on one such hypothetical and suggests that it does not illustrate the need for any such limit. He […]

Filed Under: In the News, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links, Quotes CCP

In the News: WSJ: The IRS Is Finally Doing the Job It Is Supposed to Do

By Paul S. Ryan and Hans Bader Mr. Smith rightly criticizes proposed IRS rules “limiting political speech” by nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups. Those rules restrict even truthful, nonpartisan criticism of IRS and bureaucratic wrongdoing by classifying it as “candidate-related political activity.” For example, if an IRS official subjects citizens to incredibly burdensome demands for irrelevant information just […]

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In the News: USA Today: Politicians move to rake in more campaign cash

By Fredreka Shouten “It enables more speech by more people,” David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said of the increased limits. “We think that part of the spirit of the First Amendment is people being able to speak about what they believe in.” Keating, a plaintiff in the federal case that made […]

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IRS Targeting Scandal: Part II

Kimberley Strassel published an interesting column in the Wall Street Journal, IRS Targeting: Round Two, discussing the IRS rule changes proposed several weeks ago. Arguing that the rules are designed to impact the same groups targeted for additional IRS scrutiny, Ms. Strassel writes: What is new is the growing concern by House Ways and Means Committee investigators that the […]

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