IRS and the Tea Party

Members of Congress Renew Proposal to Kill Bipartisan FEC

The bipartisan makeup of the Federal Election Commission is coming under fire yet again. A House bill (H.R. 2034) would effectively disband the FEC and replace the agency with a new, partisan model of campaign finance law enforcement. Perhaps recognizing how unpopular this idea would be if put in plain English, the proposal’s backers couch […]

Filed Under: Blog, Enforcement, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Derek Kilmer, FEC, federal election commission, HR 2034, Jim Renacci, Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act, richard nixon, Watergate, Montana, Wisconsin

Heritage Foundation Event Highlights Donor Privacy, CCP Cases

Attacks on donor privacy are increasingly seen as one of the foremost threats to free speech in America, if a Thursday event at the Heritage Foundation is any indication. The conservative think tank brought in four speakers to address assaults on the First Amendment ranging from infringements on religious liberty to university speech codes to […]

Filed Under: Blog, CCP v. Harris Other Links, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden Other Links, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Bradley A. Smith, Cleta Mitchell, Don McGahn, Donor Privacy, Hans A. von Spakovsky, Robert Alt, The Heritage Foundation, U.S. Supreme Court, CCP v. Harris, Delaware Strong Families v. Biden, California, Delaware, Montana, Wisconsin

Renewed IRS Scrutiny Reminds Us Free Speech is Still Vulnerable to Federal Encroachment

The IRS scandal has been a major point of conservative criticism during the last several years of the Obama Administration. When the tax-collecting agency specifically targeted groups whose descriptions included keywords and phrases such as “Tea Party,” “patriot,” and “teaching about the Constitution” for extra scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status, many said it […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, David B. Sentelle, Federal Communications Commission, Lois Lerner, Securities and Exchange Commission

Senate’s Attacks on Dissent Continue

Internal emails obtained yesterday by The Washington Free Beacon brought to light a coordinated campaign by Democratic lawmakers and allied environmental groups to attack nonprofits opposed to climate change legislation. The emails detail a plan in which 19 Democratic Senators were assigned specific nonprofits to call out and criticize in speeches made on the chamber […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, "John Doe", ALEC, climate change, Dick Durbin, sheldon whitehouse, The Intimidation Game, The Washington Free Beacon, Wisconsin

“Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence” Forum Criticized

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, today released a statement on a forum at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) organized by Commissioner Ellen Weintraub entitled “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence.” Weintraub is using government office space and FEC resources to promote the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, IRS and the Tea Party, Money in Politics, Press Releases, Bradley A. Smith, Corporate spending, David keating, ellen weintraub, federal election commission, foreign nationals

Senator Mad Federal Agency Won’t Help him Silence Opponents

Those who seek ever more regulation of political speech love to play hopscotch with government agencies. If the FEC won’t take up your cause, try the IRS. If the IRS isn’t buying it, head to the FCC. FCC isn’t interested? Maybe you can convince DOJ to take action. “Reformers” don’t seem to care what the […]

Filed Under: Blog, Corporate Governance, Corporate Governance Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Chuck Schumer, Federal Communications Commission, federal election commission, Mary Jo White, Securities and Exchange Commission

Forthcoming Kimberley Strassel Book Chronicles Progressive Attacks on Free Speech

Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. FEC – which allowed businesses and unions to voice their support or opposition to political candidates through independent expenditures – many left-of-center critics have been hell-bent on redefining the First Amendment to allow the government to police political speech at incumbent politicians and rogue […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Kimberley Strassel, The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech, The Wall Street Journal, Wisconsin

Letter in Support of H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here Dear Representative: The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP)[1] writes in support of H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” sponsored by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL). This sensible and much-needed measure would end the statutory requirement that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect sensitive information on […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Form 990, Schedule B

Comments to Representative Peter Roskam Rebutting Unfounded Arguments about H.R. 5053 (“Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act”)

PDF of the letter available here The Honorable Peter Roskam Dear Representative Roskam: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] thank you for your introducing H.R. 5053, the “Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act,” which would eliminate the IRS requirement that tax-exempt organizations must file their Form 990, Schedule B – listing […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Bank Secrecy Act, Form 990, Schedule B

The Future and Past of the IRS Scandal

  What is the Future of political activism at the IRS and the Department of Justice? That question kicked off a lively panel discussion jointly hosted by The Claremont Institute and The Federalist Society on April 14. Though the four distinguished attorneys speaking on the panel (John Eastman of the Claremont Institute, election law attorney […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, Cleta Mitchell, DOJ, Hans von Spakovsky, John Eastman, Robert Weiner