In the News: The Hill: WWJD about the IRS?

The Hill: WWJD about the IRS? By Eric Wang On the question of whether to submit to secular taxation, Jesus famously advised the Jews to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” In response to the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal, Congress should take a page […]

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

Campaign Finance Speed Trap

Meet Mr. T. Augurson. Although he doesn’t know it yet, he is a campaign finance scofflaw. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mr. Augurson is passionate about cars and politics – his only offense is that he combined the two interests without consulting a lawyer first. With a 556-horsepower supercharged V8, Mr. Augurson’s CTS-V […]

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In the News: Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill

Politico: Time to shed light on disclosure bill CCP President David Keating and Senior Fellow Eric Wang wrote an article for Politico discussing the dangers of the new Wyden-Murkowski legislation.  You can find additional analysis of the bill here. For a bill supposedly about “disclosure,” Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) gave surprisingly […]

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Federal, Federal In the News, In the News, Published Articles

In the News: Roll Call: Political Intelligence: The New Oxymoron

Roll Call: Political Intelligence: The New Oxymoron By CCP Senior Fellow Eric Wang There used to be a time when “military intelligence” was a prime example of an oxymoron. But as our brave men and women in uniform have prosecuted two major wars over the past decade so valiantly and selflessly, dumping on our military […]

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Campaign Finance Laws Ensure Noncompliance

As FEC Commissioner Caroline Hunter likes to point out, the Federal Election Campaign Act (at 2 U.S.C. § 437d(a)(9)) (FECA) charges the Federal Election Commission (FEC) with “encourag[ing] voluntary compliance” with the law. Ironically, the same statute is so littered with counterintuitive and nonsensical provisions that they virtually ensure noncompliance. The FEC complaint filed by […]

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Media Watch: Washington Post survey reveals public misunderstanding of super PACs; article reveals the paper shares in that misunderstanding

Two days ago, the Washington Post published the results of a survey it conducted, which indicated a majority of Americans could not properly explain what a super PAC is. Ironically, the Post ran a story today on the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race to fill the seat of former Sen. John Kerry, in which it reported, […]

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Ricin-Laced Letters Contain “Stand-By-Your-Ad” Disclaimer

The sender of letters to Sen. Roger Wicker and President Obama believed to be laced with ricin closes with the signoff, “I am KC and I approve this message.” This is an obvious allusion to the so-called “stand-by-your ad” disclaimer required by federal campaign finance law (2 U.S.C. § 441d(d)). As I have often noted, […]

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Senate Hearing Underscores Reasons for Caution in Campaign Finance Enforcement

Yesterday morning, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on “Current Issues in Campaign Finance Law Enforcement.” With representatives from DOJ and IRS as the central focus of the hearing, subcommittee Chairman Sen. Whitehouse emphasized two main issues: 1) Why the two agencies are not prosecuting certain 501(c)(4) organizations for making […]

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In the News: The Hill: Prohibiting politics as public service

Prohibiting politics as public service CCP Senior Fellow Eric Wang published an article in The Hill, “Prohibiting politics as a public service,” talking about CREW’s ongoing lawsuit against the IRS: Last month, just as financial institutions finished sending out the alphanumeric soup of IRS forms to Americans to file their tax returns, a group known […]

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