‘CRAP’: Heritage panel discusses proposed IRS regulations speech-chilling potential

The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel this afternoon moderated by former FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, entitled “Taxing the First Amendment: Using the IRS to Censor Speech?.” The panel featured the opinions of Cleta Mitchell, election law attorney and legal representative of several Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS, CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith, […]

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Did hundreds of thousands of “investors” really write “personally” to the SEC on corporate disclosure? No, not really.

As followers of this blog will know, for the last four years Democrats and others on the political left have been trying to get new mandatory disclosure requirements on spending related to politics. When this effort failed in Congress with the defeat of the so-called DISCLOSE Act, the effort went to the Federal Election Commission. […]

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Media Watch: Grey Lady messes up basic facts…again

Media mishandling of campaign finance is nothing new, but few publications are as consistently off-base and inaccurate as the New York Times. Once again the Grey Lady can’t even get the fundamentals right, as evidenced by October 29’s article ‘New Chief of the F.C.C. Is Confirmed.’ Edward Wyatt writes for the Times: “In 2012, Democrats […]

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CCP’s Response to Sen. Durbin’s Request for Information

PDF version of our response is located at this link. PDF of letter is located at this link. September 16, 2013 The Honorable Richard J. Durbin Chairman Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senator Durbin: On […]

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New Study Debunks Myth of “Corporate Takeover” of American Elections

In urging support for the DISCLOSE Act back in 2010, President Obama said, “A vote to oppose these reforms is nothing less than a vote to allow corporate and special interest takeovers of our elections.” This was not the first time the President echoed left-wing groups’ hysterical claims about the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

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McConnell Warns of “a Culture of Intimidation” Suppressing Free Speech

Last Friday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the American Enterprise Institute concerning “a culture of intimidation” in Washington that may have influenced the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. According to McConnell, a number of government agencies, far-left interest groups, and President Obama’s own remarks have been working to “shut down […]

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Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

On Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post about the problems with disclosure (The IRS scandal and Obama’s culture of intimidation): For years, administration officials have used the power of the federal government to isolate their opponents. Meanwhile, the unionized employees who populate the IRS and other agencies across the country […]

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Media Watch: Washington Post survey reveals public misunderstanding of super PACs; article reveals the paper shares in that misunderstanding

Two days ago, the Washington Post published the results of a survey it conducted, which indicated a majority of Americans could not properly explain what a super PAC is. Ironically, the Post ran a story today on the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race to fill the seat of former Sen. John Kerry, in which it reported, […]

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Ricin-Laced Letters Contain “Stand-By-Your-Ad” Disclaimer

The sender of letters to Sen. Roger Wicker and President Obama believed to be laced with ricin closes with the signoff, “I am KC and I approve this message.” This is an obvious allusion to the so-called “stand-by-your ad” disclaimer required by federal campaign finance law (2 U.S.C. § 441d(d)). As I have often noted, […]

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In the News: Wyoming Liberty Group: Another Chilling Step in Campaign Finance Disclosure

By Steven Klein In just the past two weeks, bureaucrats in Washington state have moved to expand disclosure laws to consider constitutional legal representation a “contribution” to a group. Our friends at the Institute for Justice have represented the Washington group Recall Dale Washam and other political organizations for years, but only now has the […]

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