Orlando Sentinel: Campaigns, however annoying, serve a higher importance (In the News)

Allen Dickerson But for all our love of elections, the business of campaigning for office leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We are bombarded by ads, become bored by the rote recitation of stump speeches, and cringe at the inevitable gaffes that accompany a world of smartphones and Internet access. Aside from a small […]

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Washington Post: IRS review of nonprofits and advocacy (In the News)

Allen Dickerson While the law says that such nonprofits must be operated for social welfare purposes, it does not bar political activity. Nor have the IRS or the courts suggested that merely engaging in political activity confers a “private benefit.” Congress banned charities from candidate advocacy but said that “Section 527” groups must spend a […]

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USA Today: The IRS can still silence political dissent (In the News)

Allison R. Hayward Two years ago, Lois Lerner of the IRS revealed that it unfairly targeted and delayed Tea Party applications for tax exemption. While the IRS has apologized and promised reform, the agency has not fixed the vague rules that allowed this scandal to happen. As we enter the 2016 election cycle, political activists […]

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USA Today: Two FEC officials implore agency to curb 2016 election abuse (In the News)

Fredreka Schouten Commissioners Ann Ravel, who is the agency’s chairwoman, and Ellen Weintraub are filing a formal petition, urging their own agency to write rules to clamp down on unfettered political spending and unmask the anonymous money flooding U.S. elections. FEC petitions of this kind typically are made by outside supplicants — organizations or individuals […]

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Sacramento Bee: Demand for nonprofits’ donor lists violates First Amendment (In the News)

David Keating The Supreme Court has – for nearly 60 years – protected nonprofits from being forced to hand the private information of their supporters over to state governments. In the landmark civil rights era case, NAACP v. Alabama, the court affirmed that the constitutional right of all Americans “to pursue their lawful private interests […]

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Washington Post: The Super PAC Minuet (In the News)

George Will Super PACs are the result of these decisions — and of the reformers’ success in limiting giving to parties and candidates. Reformers, who think “independent” should be a synonym for “disinterested,” are appalled by super PACs working to facilitate the election of particular candidates. The Supreme Court, however, has held that limits on […]

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Trading Secrets: Court Affirms California Attorney General’s Demand for Confidential Donor List (In the News)

Seyfarth Shaw LLP The recent Center for Competitive Politics decision exemplifies what we expect to be a growing trend by state Attorneys General to demand sensitive donor information from charities operating or soliciting in those states.  Charities should continue to heed the Schedule B instructions and not include Schedule B in filings with states that […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Super PACs: Causes and Effects (In the News)

Bob Bauer Professor Bradley Smith has written an exceptionally succinct and well-argued case for super PACs. This author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform does not neglect to cite “personal freedom” in defense of these organizations, but he challenges their critics on one other level: their effects on the electoral process. He […]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit seeking to block John Doe probe (In the News)

By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein Conservatives had viewed getting the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case as important. Five groups, including the Center for Competitive Politics and the Cato Institute, filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the unsuccessful effort to get the high court to take it up. While the ruling means the end of this […]

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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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