Comments to IRS on NPRM, REG-138344-13 (Nonprofit Donor SSN Reporting)

Via Federal eRulemaking Portal The Hon. John A. Koskinen Commissioner of Internal Revenue CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-138344-13) Room 5203 Internal Revenue Service P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station Washington, DC 20044 RE:      Comments on IRS NPRM, REG-138344-13 Dear Commissioner Koskinen: The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) submits these comments in response to the above-referenced Notice of Proposed […]

Filed Under: Blog, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, IRS and the Tea Party, Social Security Numbers

Coalition Letter in Support of “Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act” (H.R. 1104) in Tax Extenders Legislation

PDF of the House letter available here. | PDF of the Senate letter available here. Dear Member of Congress: The undersigned civil liberties, free expression, and nonprofit advocacy groups and attorneys who represent advocacy organizations have a wide variety of views on the political spectrum. However, we are united in writing to express our strong […]

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IRS Scandal: Huffington Post Not Aware that People Communicated Before Email

Rep. Darrell Issa has issued a subpoena to the Federal Election Commission for all “communications sent or received from Lois G. Lerner” since January 1, 1986. A bit of overkill? Perhaps, although we can hardly blame the Congressman, given Lerner’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment, misleading statements by top IRS political appointees about what they […]

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Giving Women Voters a Bad Name: The League and the IRS Non-Profit Rules

The League of Women Voters was once thought of as a group that promoted a thoughtful electorate and “good government,” but that doesn’t show up much any more. One of the League’s current projects is to support bad government – using the Internal Revenue Service for a mission for which it was not intended, the […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party, 501(c)(4), Dark Money, FEC, IRS and the Tea Party, irs scandal, League of Women Voters, tax scandal, tea parties

Campaign Legal Center agrees with CCP: IRS regulations are not about tax policy, but regulating political speech

The Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan has responded to my December 9 Wall Street Journal op-ed with a letter that, while apparently intended to rebut the op-ed, in fact affirms its core point. My Journal piece was critical of the IRS’s foray into political regulation, asking the question “Why is the IRS regulating political activity?” I […]

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Blatant Partisanship and Outright Misinformation: Public Citizen’s Press Conference

Yesterday’s Public Citizen event calling for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to promulgate a rule forcing corporations to disclose their political spending was a disappointing mixture of blatant partisanship and outright misinformation. Headlined by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) – for the first twenty minutes or so – Public Citizen’s panel […]

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Dick Durbin doesn’t understand who is serving whom

Senator Dick Durbin (D. Ill.) appears to have stepped in it big time with his attempt to intimidate donors to ALEC, a bipartisan organization of state legislators with a conservative bent (which makes its members predominantly Republican). Some folks will remember that Democrats first went after ALEC in 2011 and 2012, accusing it of racism […]

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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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Why Liberals Should Care about the IRS Scandal

Everyone knows sports fans aren’t objective, and it’s never clearer than when a referee makes a bad call. When it goes against your team, you boo and yell about the refs being unfair and harming your team’s chances. When it goes against your opponent, you’ll often stay happily silent. Politics can be a lot like […]

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Restricting Political Speech: The First Question Must be “Why?”

Although the recent IRS scandal suggests that bureaucratic control of political associations and political speech is a dangerous idea, “reformers” have used the media attention on the matter to continue their campaign against corporate political expenditures. According to those who wish to further regulate political speech, the “real IRS scandal” is that 501(c)(4) groups took […]

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