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National Review: Does Religious Speech Threaten Democracy? (In the News)

By Zac Morgan Section 2 allows Congress to explicitly ban corporations or other associations from spending money to influence elections — but Lord only knows what “influencing elections” actually means. (To give you an idea, a surprising number of states, even with the protections of the current First Amendment, seem to believe it includes saying the name of [...]

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Albuquerque Journal: Weh: Udall should return $46K contribution (In the News)

By Michael Coleman Weh based his request on an ethics complaint filed in June against nine U.S. senators – including Udall – by the conservative-leaning, Washington-based Center for Competitive Politics. The group has alleged that to varying degrees the nine senators used their positions to pressure the IRS to crack down on conservative nonprofit groups, such as [...]

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

Roll Call: Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push (In the News)

By Eliza Newlin Carney “It’s going to take a comprehensive approach to campaign finance reform to make sure that elections are in the hands of people and not corporate voices,” said Tester spokeswoman Marnee Banks. Conservatives reject proposals to amend the Constitution out of hand, arguing that the Udall-Bennet measure is over-broad and would free Congress and [...]

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RNLA: Threats to democracy, real and imagined (In the News)

By Paul Jossey Plutocrats, these “reformers” counsel—unsatisfied with their already enormous wealth—are trying to “buy” America and “drown out” the voice of the little guy. Money buys “access” and “undue influence,” corrupting the system and threating the very foundation of democracy. Indeed so dire the threat, it can only be remedied by overturning a key a portion of the Bill [...]

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Statesman Journal: Letter: Merkley tried to suppress voters' voices (In the News)

By J.E. Murray The letter urged the IRS to give special attention to applications from certain conservative organizations seeking non-profit tax status. This letter was dated February 2012, more than a year before complaints filed against the IRS in May 2013 for harassment of conservative organizations. The harassment took the form of IRS demands for special and [...]

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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 [...]

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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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