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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."

Read CFIF’s comments here (PDF).…[more]

December 11, 2019 • 03:45 pm

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Notable Quotes
On Democrats' Gun-Control End Game:

"The Democrats, after all, have shown themselves to be thoroughgoing authoritarians. Many of our progressive friends spent the Obama years lecturing us that opposition to the president and his agenda was tantamount to sedition or treason. They tell us now that failing to knuckle under to their political agenda is treason. Democratic prosecutors have been conducting investigations of companies and political activists for having the wrong opinions on global warming; Democrats in California have just declared the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization because it opposes them politically, and Democrats threaten companies doing business with the NRA with governmental retaliation; Democrats have proposed to gut the First Amendment; Democrats propose to put people in prison for showing films with political content without government permission; Democrats have resurrected 19th-century Know-Nothingism in their bigoted and unconstitutional campaign to keep Catholics off of federal courts; Democrats have illegally and unethically abused the powers of the IRS and other government agencies to harass and punish political rivals. It isn't Republicans who want to censor political speech. It isn't Republicans employing violence against college students and visitors at Mizzou or firebombing buildings at Berkeley.

"And now Robert Francis O'Rourke has finally decided to confess what everybody already knows by openly declaring his intention to seize Americans' firearms in direct violation of the Bill of Rights -- a proposal that other leading Democrats already have endorsed."

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted September 16, 2019 • 08:05 am
On the Third 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate:

"There's an old joke often expressed well into banquets and conferences, where a speaker says, 'We're at the point where everything that needs to be said has been said, but not everyone has said it.' We're already at that point with the Democratic primary debates. Tonight was a three-hour ordeal, and candidates largely repeated the arguments they made in the previous two debates. There's not much reason to expect tonight will generate any dramatic swings in the polling in the coming days or weeks. The conventional wisdom will remain that this is a three-person race, with Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders having far and away the best shots at the nomination. ...

"For anyone who actually knows a thing or two about these issues, these debates are pretty painful, watching ten candidates offer variations of bumper-sticker slogans, pretending that we can withdraw our way to world peace, regulate our way to good health, release our way to no crime, and spend our way to prosperity."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review
— Jim Geraghty, National Review
Posted September 13, 2019 • 07:34 am
On SCOTUS Allowing Trump Asylum Policy to Take Effect:

"The Supreme Court was right Wednesday to stop a lone federal district court judge in San Francisco from blocking a Trump administration policy designed to limit the ability of Central American migrants to seek asylum in the U.S.

"The new Trump administration policy requires migrants from Central America and elsewhere who first travel through Mexico to seek asylum there before seeking asylum in the U.S.

"Under the policy, a migrant first has to be refused asylum in Mexico before he or she could seek asylum here. The Trump administration policy also applies to migrants who travel through other third countries before seeking U.S. asylum.

"But a larger issue is at stake: whether a single federal judge can issue a nationwide order blocking presidential action or even legislation passed by Congress. ...

"This case shows how a single judge in a 'resistance' court like the San Francisco federal district court can bring the entire U.S. government to a grinding halt -- even when the judge is wrong on the law. ...

"Neither Republicans nor Democrats should want a single district judge to have the power to block a policy that is legal and produced by our elected leaders while a case is tied up in appeals in the federal courts for years."

Read entire article here.

— John Yoo, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Currently Berkeley Law Professor, Hoover Institution Visiting Scholar and American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow
— John Yoo, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Currently Berkeley Law Professor, Hoover Institution Visiting Scholar and American Enterprise Institute Visiting Fellow
Posted September 12, 2019 • 08:03 am
On the 18th Anniversary of 9/11:

"In some years, the images and memories are faded, as if from long, long ago. Other years, the horrors feel as fresh as when the burning towers collapsed.

"Yet few anniversaries of 9/11 have been as fraught with troubling emotions as today's. From the vantage point of the 18th anniversary, it is unfortunately true that the worst day in American history forged the last great moment of national unity.

"The mourning and sense of common purpose that were so distinct then seem as if they happened in a different country in another century. Now our nation is not just polarized. It is fractured.

"'I've never seen it like this,' an elderly friend told me recently. 'I'm afraid of what's happening to our country.'

"She is not alone. And while the 9/11 attack certainly didn't cause our bitter divisions, its ramifications are among the powerful forces still shaping our dangerous world."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 11, 2019 • 07:59 am
On the Effect of Trump Administration Policies on Border Control:

"Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000 migrants at the southern border in August -- a dramatic drop that the Trump administration is presenting as a sign its diplomatic engagement with Mexico and other countries is having positive effects on the ground.

"The 64,006 migrants apprehended or deemed inadmissible represents a 22 percent drop from July, when 82,055 were apprehended, and a 56 percent drop from the peak of the crisis in May, when more than 144,000 migrants were caught or deemed inadmissible. While the numbers typically drop in the summer, the plummet is steeper than typical seasonal declines.

"Meanwhile, the number of caravans has also dropped. In May, 48 caravans of migrants were recorded coming to the U.S. In August, the tally was six. Border Patrol now has fewer than 5,000 migrants in custody, down from 19,000 at the peak in the spring.

"The Trump administration says that while the numbers are still at crisis level, the numbers show the extent to which Trump policies -- such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that keep migrants in Mexico as their asylum cases are heard -- are working and that countries south of the border are taking action to stop the flows in response to pressure from the U.S."

— Adam Shaw, Fox News
— Adam Shaw, Fox News
Posted September 10, 2019 • 07:40 am
On the New Jobs Report:

"The new jobs report is in and the verdict is clear -- no one should believe a single word the Democrats say about the economy.

"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of people employed in August increased by a very impressive 590,000, pushing total employment to a record-high of nearly 157.9 million. The percentage of the population that was employed rose to 60.9 percent, the highest percentage since December 2008.

"As a result, despite over 570,000 people joining the labor force, the unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, near a 50-year low. Unemployment among African Americans and Hispanics also hit all-time lows last month, proving that the ongoing economic boom is still creating unprecedented opportunity for all U.S. workers.

"Average hourly earnings increased at a healthy clip as well, growing by 3.2 percent since last August. It was the 13th month in a row that wages increased by at least 3 percent year over year. That's tremendous news for American workers. Prior to this streak, wages last increased at least 3 percent in April of 2009.

"Wage increases were better for workers than managers. While the hourly wage increased 2 percent for managers, it increased an impressive 3.5 percent for workers. For workers earning the average hourly rate ($23.59) and working 40 hours per week, that meant a raise of nearly $1,650 for the year. And, that's before the impact of reduced individual tax rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which saved the average U.S. worker approximately $1,400 in federal income taxes in 2018."

Read entire article here.

— Andy Puzder, Attorney, Former CKE Restaurants CEO and Former U.S. Labor Secretary Nominee
— Andy Puzder, Attorney, Former CKE Restaurants CEO and Former U.S. Labor Secretary Nominee
Posted September 09, 2019 • 08:20 am
On Racism in America:

"This summer, I've had the chance to spend a few weeks on the road, exploring the vast, forgotten America west of the Acela corridor and east of Hollywood. In June, I drove from Brooklyn to Arkansas and back, and just last week coursed through the whole continent, landing at a beach bar in Venice Beach. One thing I noticed everywhere I went, in the bars and restaurants I haunted along the way, was a level of racial harmony that belies the notion of our nation as a hotbed of racism.

"The people I met along the way, and there were a lot of them, were white, black, brown, Asian, and Native American, and they weren't self-segregated within the establishments I found. Much the opposite: they were mixing, mingling, laughing, and drinking together without even a hint of racial tension.

"So how could this be in a nation that is purportedly teeming with racial strife? Was I to believe my lying eyes and the convivial conversations I witnessed and engaged in? Or was I to believe that somewhere underneath all of this good-spirited community life lies a bedrock of inescapable racism?

"What becomes clear very quickly is that for Americans who do not choose to center their sense of self on their demographic identities, a whole host of other interests and qualities animate their social behavior. Whether they were college football fans in a Barstow hotel bar, truckers sitting out front of a Greenville, Illinois, motel smoking and sharing beer and tales from the road, or more upscale denizens of a fancy Tulsa wine bar sniffing and swishing a new rose, nobody seemed to care much about skin color."

Read entire article here.

— David Marcus, The Federalist
— David Marcus, The Federalist
Posted September 06, 2019 • 08:05 am
On CNN's 'Climate Change' Town Hall:

"I have no idea what CNN will have to declare as the value for Donald Trump's campaign disclosure report, but it will have to be in the millions. Last night, the network put all the Democrats on a stage to let a group of hippies, eccentrics, and others ask questions about the climate and environment. ...

"The whole thing shows what Democrats would do if left to their own devices -- destroy the U.S., the energy sector, and the economy. ...

"No sane person could see either the Democrats or their questioners last night and think letting them take control of the government is in the best interest of this country.

"CNN did a wonderful job exposing these people and getting them on the record in a way that will undoubtedly help the President in 2020."

Read entire article here.

— Erick Erickson, The Resurgent Editor and Host of the Erick Erickson Show
— Erick Erickson, The Resurgent Editor and Host of the Erick Erickson Show
Posted September 05, 2019 • 07:50 am
On the Fallacy of Gun Control Proposals Reducing Gun Crime:

"The so-called assault rifles that make up a large part of the dealers' inventories -- because they are the most popular sporting firearms in the United States, owned by millions and millions of Americans -- are used in crime so rarely that the FBI doesn't even bother keeping statistics on them. Yes, they are sometimes used in the theatrical public shootings that sometimes command our national attention -- which is what these acts of theater are intended to do -- but those acts constitute a vanishingly small portion of violent crime in the United States. All 'long guns' together -- all rifles, shotguns, etc. -- account for about 3 percent of murder weapons. For perspective: People who are beaten to death with the bare hands of their assailants are about double that percentage of all murder victims.

"What's missing is ordinary, unglamorous, labor-intensive law-enforcement and public-health work -- i.e., the one thing no one employed by government will seriously contemplate and no politician answering to government workers and their unions will seriously consider. Instead: We complain about 'straw buyers' but rarely prosecute them; some federal prosecutors refuse as a matter of publicly stated policy to take a straw-buyer case unless it is part of a larger (sexier) organized-crime investigation. Chicago manages to convict fewer than one in five of those arrested on weapons charges. A New York Times investigation found that about 90 percent of the killers identified in New York murder cases had prior criminal histories, often histories of violent crime. (About 70 percent of New York's homicide victims also had prior criminal arrests.) On and on it goes: Ordinary crime and ordinary criminals, ordinary bureaucratic failure, and the occasional act of armed histrionics to keep the headlines churning. ...

"The failings of our prosecutorial, probation, parole, and mental-health systems are fundamental and in some cases catastrophic. In spite of that, the U.S. homicide rate today is about what it was in the Eisenhower years. There is not very much cause for panic, and there is not very much cause for a panicked crackdown on the legal sale of firearms through firearms dealers. But demagogues benefit from panic."

Read entire article here.

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted September 04, 2019 • 07:55 am
On Former FBI Chief Comey's Actions and Current FBI Employees' Reactions:

"[T]here is no doubt that Comey's leak of sensitive law enforcement material was far more serious, and far more consequential, than his leak of classified information. That was the inspector general's focus when he wrote that 'by not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees -- and the many thousands more former FBI employees -- who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.' Comey's rationale -- that he was compelled to leak sensitive law enforcement information because he loved his country and loved the FBI -- was not sufficient, the inspector general said. 'Comey's closest advisers used the words "surprised," "stunned," "shocked," and "disappointment" to describe their reactions to learning what Comey had done,' the report noted.

"Surprised, stunned, shocked. Comey's FBI colleagues did not utter those words because they heard Comey had been exonerated. They uttered them when they heard the full extent of what Comey did, and that included leaking classified information."

— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
Posted September 03, 2019 • 07:46 am
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"It turns out that the most revealing aspect of the long-awaited Justice Department's inspector general's report on the origins of the Russia collusion hoax comes from Attorney General William Barr's damning assessment of it.In unmistakably terse language, Barr denounced 'a small group of now-former FBI officials' for their 'misconduct,' 'malfeasance and misfeasance,' and 'clear abuse of the FISA…[more]
—Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
— Gregg Jarrett, FOX News
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