Luke Wachob

Washington Examiner: Congress moves to protect free speech from bureaucratic assault (In the News)

Luke Wachob Seven provisions of the deal will help encourage more speech or put a halt to various efforts to increase regulation of political speech via the executive branch. After years of losing at the Supreme Court, in Congress and at the Federal Election Commission, those who wish to limit speech under the guise of […]

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Maine Wire: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Spend More? (In the News)

Luke Wachob The narrative that tax–financed campaigns have been a success in Maine is a creation of politicians who prefer to get money without having to ask for it, coupled with activists who want to see government play a larger role in campaigns. Every government program that spends money has a constituency ready to fight […]

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Daily Caller: Government Shouldn’t Have The Power To Ban Books – Or Movies, For That Matter (In the News)

Luke Wachob The exchange continued as Alito pressed the government to answer whether a 500-page book with just one line urging people to vote for a candidate could be banned. The government argued that if it was published with corporate funds, then yes, it could be banned near an election. Suddenly, the stakes of the […]

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The Federalist: Trying to ‘Get Money Out Of Politics’ Is A Fool’s Errand (In the News)

The Federalist: Trying to ‘Get Money Out Of Politics’ Is A Fool’s Errand Luke Wachob Self-styled “reformers” have convinced themselves that their issue is the key to every issue, and that they alone stand in the way of oligarchy. Every movement for policy change has some extremists on the fringes, but in the movement to […]

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New York Times: When Nonprofits Funnel Campaign Money (LTE) (In the News)

Luke Wachob Privacy and free speech reside at the core of the constitutional rights of Americans, and the Internal Revenue Service risks trampling on those rights when it goes outside its role as tax collector to regulate political activity. After years of investigations into I.R.S. treatment of Tea Party groups, and after meeting near-universal opposition […]

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Texas Tribune: Freedom of speech survives a close call in Texas (In the News)

Luke Wachob Some may be inclined to shrug their shoulders and ask what the big deal is. It’s only disclosure, right? The big deal is that disclosure chills speech about government, it is not a harmless or cost-free policy. Groups must expend significant financial resources and effort to comply with complex reporting requirements and risk […]

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The Federalist: The 5 Biggest Lies, Myths, And Debunked Claims Of The IRS Scandal (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Remember the Lois Lerner emails the Internal Revenue Service said were lost? Thousands of them were just uncovered, and according to one investigator, they were “right where you would expect them to be.” It was just the latest iteration of a recurring trend in the IRS targeting scandal: investigators debunking attempts by the agency and its […]

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American Spectator: Making Sense of the IRS Scandal (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Lois Lerner may be gone, but the IRS is still threating to infringe upon First Amendment rights. In the same vein, a new TIGTA report issued on April 30 praised the IRS for reducing its backload of applications and making some changes to its screening process, such as standardizing the questions asked of groups, but noted that […]

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Roll Call: Politics Needs Privacy (In the News)

By Luke Wachob What the White House understood then that must be remembered now is that injecting information about companies’ political associations into the contracting process makes politics more corrupt, not less. Assembling a database of companies’ political spending is counterproductive if you want government contracts to go to the most deserving bidder rather than the most loyal donor. […]

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Washington Examiner: McCutcheon one year later: A ringing endorsement for the First Amendment (In the News)

By Luke Wachob When the Supreme Court decided McCutcheon v. FEC 12 months ago, First Amendment advocates celebrated a victory while supporters of greater campaign finance regulation predicted doom, gloom and the death of democracy itself. One year and one election later, we have some evidence to evaluate these perspectives. So far, it’s good news for the First Amendment. McCutcheon’s […]

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