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National Review: Rand Paul Does Respect the Constitution (In the News)

By Bradley A. Smith It is true that the Supreme Court has held, in Richardson v. Ramirez, that states may disenfranchise felons. In recognition of that decision, and the principles of federalism, Senator Paul proposes only to set standards for federal elections — that is, Congress and the presidency — and not state elections. The authority for Congress to [...]

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WBGZ: Oberweis Continues Push for Special Investigation (In the News)

By Dave Dahl “There’s a respected free-speech organization called the Center for Competitive Politics which just this month filed a Senate ethics complaint against Durbin and eight other Democrat senators for politicizing the IRS,” continues Oberweis.  “Let’s not forget Dick Durbin’s central role in this scandal: he was one of the Democrat U. S. senators wanting the IRS [...]

Filed Under: Communications, In the News, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

The Augusta Chronicle: Purely partisan ‘reform’ (In the News)

Editorial The other senators listed in the Center for Competitive Politics’ complaint: Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. “Richard Nixon faced impeachment charges for attempting to use the IRS for political purposes,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. [...]

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Colorado Independent: Gardner championed obvious dark-money group in IRS probe (In the News)

By Susan Greene Earlier this month, the conservative Center for Competitive Politics filed an ethics complaint against nine Democratic senators –- including Colorado’s Michael Bennet — who in 2012 signed onto a letter urging the IRS to examine how much “social welfare” work politically motivated nonprofit groups were doing during an election season. CCP and other conservative organizations say that letter [...]

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Washington Examiner: Flag-desecration and First Amendment hypocrisy in the US Senate (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., explained her opposition to the flag desecration amendment by saying, “I cannot support an Amendment to the United States Constitution which would, for the first time in our nation’s history, narrow the reach of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.” Where once there was humility, now there is hubris. Senators [...]

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New Republic: Conservatives Are Sacrificing Scott Walker for a Higher Cause (In the News)

By Bruce Murphy O’Keefe is independently wealthy and has worked for decades as a political activist crusading against the power of political incumbency, in favor of term limits and against the post-Watergate campaign-finance law, whose “actual intent … was to handicap challengers and therefore entrench incumbents,” he has written. David Koch felt the same way: The [...]

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National Review: What Money Can’t Buy: Elections (In the News)

By Luke Wachob In reality, campaign-finance restrictions are closer to being the epitome of corruption than its antithesis. The crony capitalists here are not citizens with the gall to donate up to $2,600 per election to the candidate of their choice, but the incumbent politicians and entrenched political interests crafting legislation — and now constitutional amendments — to limit [...]

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Wall Street Journal: The High Price of Obama Fatigue (In the News)

Editorial On Jan. 27, 2010, Mr. Obama used his State of the Union speech to explicitly criticize the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, seated in front of him, for their campaign-finance ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. The forces Mr. Obama put in motion with this attack were described in a seminal piece for this newspaper by former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith—”Connecting theDots in the IRS Scandal.” Through 2012, a succession of Democratic senators urged the IRS to investigate 501(c)(4) [...]

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Wall Street Journal: About Those Missing Emails (In the News)

By Kimberley Strassel Or consider the extraordinary interaction between congressional Democrats and the IRS. Some of it was in a recent complaint filed to the Senate Ethics Committee by the Center for Competitive Politics against nine Democratic senators. It details their many letters and statements (that we know of) demanding the IRS shut down specific organizations that posed [...]

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Reason: IRS Scandal Implicates Democrats (In the News)

By A. Barton Hinkle That becomes apparent from a complaint filed this month with the Senate’s ethics committee by the Center for Competitive Politics. The complaint asks thecommittee to investigate Sens. Carl Levin, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Al Franken, and several others for improperly trying to sway IRS deliberations and obtain confidential taxpayer information. Admittedly, asking the Democrat-controlled committee to investigate Democrats for targeting Republican-leaning groups is a Quixotic [...]

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