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CFIF Files Comments in Support of IRS Rulemaking to Protect Donor Privacy

In formal comments filed with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) this week, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) offered strong support for the IRS’s proposed rulemaking to eliminate the requirement that certain nonprofit organizations provide the names and addresses of contributors on Schedule B of their annual tax filings.

As CFIF notes in its filing, "the Proposed Rulemaking would help protect the First Amendment rights of subject organizations and their citizen donors, without negatively impacting the legally permissible handling of the nation’s tax laws or 501(c) organization tax filings."

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December 11, 2019 • 03:45 pm

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Don't Impeach Trump. He Puts America, Not Ukraine, First. Print
By Betsy McCaughey
Wednesday, November 27 2019
Once Congress votes to spend money on foreign aid, the executive branch is obligated to release it. However, the president has substantial discretion as to timing, and delays are routine. The president also is obligated to stop aid if there's evidence the money would fall into corrupt hands.

Democrats are trying to impeach President Donald Trump for holding up military aid to Ukraine after Congress voted to provide it. Trump put a hold on the aid on July 18, and it wasn't released until Sept. 11. What the Dems and the media are not telling you is that Trump also delayed aid to Pakistan, Gaza, three central American countries and 10 aid projects involving Europe or the United Nations around the same time.

A senior Office of Management and Budget official says reporters consistently ignore Trump's broad strategy of getting America's allies, including NATO countries like Germany, to pay their fair share for foreign defense. Trump was looking ahead to a meeting of these countries on Aug. 24-27, when he held up the aid to Ukraine.

As a candidate, Trump pledged to "stop sending aid to countries that hate us and use that money to rebuild our tunnels, roads, bridges and schools." Most Americans agree with that. Foreign aid is the least popular use of taxpayers' dollars. In 2018 and again this year, after Congress voted for aid, Trump tried to reduce it by billions. That outraged Dems and even some Republicans. "This administration's contempt for Congress is astounding," objected Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. No, Rep. Engel. Truth is, Congress' contempt for the American public is what's astounding. Most Americans would rather see that $400 million in Ukrainian aid spent instead on urgent needs here at home.

On Sunday, the media unveiled internal White House emails they claim show chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and officials at OMB try to "reverse-engineer" a legal justification for holding up the Ukrainian money. That's nonsense. Once Congress votes to spend money on foreign aid, the executive branch is obligated to release it. However, the president has substantial discretion as to timing, and delays are routine. The president also is obligated to stop aid if there's evidence the money would fall into corrupt hands.

That was a concern with money destined for Ukraine. When Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., spoke to Trump on Aug. 31 to find out why the aid was delayed, Trump explained that money sent there tended to end up in secret bank accounts, and that NATO wasn't doing its part, making Americans the "schmucks" stuck with the bill.

Good luck trying to convince the American public that delaying the aid endangered American security, as Democrats try to claim. Russian incursions into Ukraine are more a threat to Europe than to America, but NATO countries won't pony up. The U.S. picks up 70% of the NATO defense budget.

Meanwhile, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is guilty of his own delay. He's holding back the testimony of Mark Sandy, a senior OMB official who testified a week and a half ago about why the Ukrainian aid was held up. The testimonies of all other closed-door witnesses except one have been released. Congressman Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who heard Sandy's testimony, says it "went right to the heart of why there was a hold on aid to Ukraine." So release the testimony, Mr. Schiff.

Schiff brought in a parade of career diplomats to testify how urgently the Ukrainians needed aid. These U.S. diplomats attested to their devotion to Ukraine. Sorry, but it's nauseating. Truth is, diplomats stationed in a country like Ukraine want aid because it makes them bigshots who deliver checks and get the best seats at official functions. It elevates them at cocktail parties.

The media are piling on claims the aid delay caused deaths. A Los Angeles Times story  "Trump froze military aid  as Ukrainian soldiers perished in battle"  portrays a Ukrainian widow at her military husband's grave. Don't fall for it. Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated on Friday that the delay had no impact on Ukraine's defense.

Ukraine has had 25 battle fatalities since last July, when the aid was held up. That's a small fraction of the shooting deaths in Chicago during the same time. Think of the good the aid could do for policing and schools right here at home.


Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York State.
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