In the News: Wall Street Journal: IRS Unpopularity Contest

Editorial This week the IRS was the place to be in Washington, but not because it was suddenly popular. Thursday was tax agency’s deadline for comment on its proposal to clip the free speech rights of 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups, and much of America was screaming its disapproval. By the time the comment period closed, the […]

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In the News: Radio America: Democrats Pushing IRS to Probe Conservatives

  Former FEC Chairman Bradley A. Smith is now chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which filed comments criticizing the proposed rules. Smith said the IRS is using the veneer of clarity to make life difficult for political activists. “Essentially, the IRS wants to change and vastly expand the definition of what qualifies as political […]

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In the News: The Non Profit Times: Congress Gets Nearly 100K Comments On Advocacy Rules

By Mark Hrywn “Regulations attempt to cover charitable events such as informational conferences and galas, which are key to education the public about public policy. If a candidate shows up at an event, a 501(c)(4) would reasonably fear that its event may be counted a political activity,” said Allen Dickerson, legal director, Center for Competitive […]

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In the News: Powerline: The IRS Scandals: At the King’s Behest

By Scott Johnson Brad Smith and his colleagues at the Center for Competitive Politics have compiled an invaluable, heavily footnoted document setting forth the efforts by the regulatory agencies to police political speech at the behest Barack Obama and the Democratic Party: “The IRS harassment scandal: A timeline of ‘reform.’” In a Wall Street Journal […]

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In the News: The Foundry: 8 Election Experts Slam IRS for Interfering with Campaign Finance

By Ken McIntyre The former FEC commissioners signed a letter filed this afternoon as a public comment on the IRS’s proposed new rules on so-called “candidate-related political activity” by nonprofit advocacy organizations qualified as tax-exempt under federal law. Midnight is the deadline for public comment on the proposed rules, which critics say the IRS developed secretly and announced […]

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Daily Media Links 2/28: The Foundry: 8 Election Experts Slam IRS for Interfering with Campaign Finance, Powerline: The IRS Scandals: At the King’s Behest, The Non Profit Times: Congress Gets Nearly 100K Comments On Advocacy Rules, and more…

In the News The Foundry: 8 Election Experts Slam IRS for Interfering with Campaign Finance By Ken McIntyre The former FEC commissioners signed a letter filed this afternoon as a public comment on the IRS’s proposed new rules on so-called “candidate-related political activity” by nonprofit advocacy organizations qualified as tax-exempt under federal law. Midnight is the deadline […]

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Testimony of Allen Dickerson to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: The Administration’s Proposed Restrictions on Political Speech: Doubling Down on IRS Targeting

You can find a PDF version of the testimony below at this link. Thank you for the opportunity to provide this written testimony, on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), to the Subcommittee on Economic  Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. I attach CCP’s comments […]

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In the News: Roll Call: IRS Uproar Intensifies

By Eliza Newlin Carney Like many IRS-watchers following the rule-making process, Sloan predicts that there is “actually zero chance” that they will ultimately be enacted. That the agency has produced such predictably controversial draft regulations has prompted much head-scratching among campaign finance and tax experts. “One might assign nefarious motives to the IRS, or one might say […]

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In the News: PowerLine: Cleta Chronicles: IRS Scandals, Part 4

By Scott Johnson The IRS and the Obama administration are deep into the cover-up phase of the IRS’s criminal misconduct. Cleta has filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents relating to the proposed rule. In the video below, she explains the peculiarities of the IRS’s response to her request. Brad Smith and his […]

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In the News: Cato Institute: Proposed IRS Rulemaking Would Chill Public Advocacy

Features Allen Dickerson Tomorrow ends the comment period for a proposed IRS rule that would change the way groups from the Sierra Club to the NRA advocate on behalf of their members. By defining “candidate-related political activity” as the rule has, election time could compel these groups to scrub their websites and Twitter feeds of […]

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