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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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On James Comey and the 'Deep State':

"If you want to know why so many Americans believe there's a 'deep state' working against their interests, look no further than men like Comey. We have growing evidence that senior officials in the FBI and CIA acted as partisan opponents of the duly elected president, abetting and inciting partisan investigations.

"Americans will continue to lose trust in institutions, if leaders keep misappropriating power for political purposes. Comey claimed he leaked his memos because they were of 'incredible importance to the Nation, as a whole,' which is what everyone who has ever pursued arbitrary and capricious power says to rationalize their abuse."

— David Harsanyi, The Federalist Senior Editor
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted August 30, 2019 • 08:31 am
On the 'Remain in Mexico' Program:

"Thousands of would-be illegal immigrants are being returned to await asylum hearings in Mexico as part of a program the Trump administration has credited with curbing the recent wave of family migration at the southwestern border.

"The Migrant Protection Protocols - more colloquially known as the 'Remain in Mexico' policy - are regulations issued by former secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen in December 2018. Under the MPP, a subset of individuals who claim to be seeking asylum after being apprehended at the border now must await the results of their immigration court hearings in Mexico, rather than being detained - or, more often, released on their own recognizance - in the United States. ...

"How effective have the MPP regulations actually been? New data released Monday by the nonpartisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) show that the program has taken off in recent months. Nearly 12,000 people were returned to Mexico in July, compared with about 5,000 in May, and just 15 at the start of the year. ...

"Notably, the 'Remain in Mexico' policy does not work by stopping individuals before they enter at the southwestern border, only returning them back once they cross. This means that to the extent the policy is effective, the MPP reduces immigration by deterring would-be crossers, who may not attempt to enter because they know they are less likely to be able to stay in the country."

Read entire article here.

— Charles Fain Lehman, Washington Free Beacon
— Charles Fain Lehman, Washington Free Beacon
Posted August 29, 2019 • 08:00 am
On the Hounding of Conservatives:

"The New York Times, an organization devoted to gathering and publishing information, doesn't want others to gather or publish information inconvenient to it.

"A group of Trump-supporting operatives has been finding and archiving old social media postings of Times employees and other journalists for use in the ongoing brawl between the president and the press.

"There's no indication that this is dumpster-diving rather than an effort to scour readily available sources for stupid, embarrassing or offensive things that journalists have said publicly under their own power. ...

"It isn't clear what makes this different from what happens in our public life . . . every . . . single . . . day. Head-hunting based on past offenses, real and imagined, is the norm, indeed one of the Left's favored forms of ideological combat. ...

"The hounding of conservatives isn't considered beyond the pale; it's considered sport. Much of the Left would be rendered practically mute if it weren't braying for people to be fired."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor, in the New York Post
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor, in the New York Post
Posted August 28, 2019 • 07:42 am
On Speaker Pelosi's Power Grab:

"For a party invested so heavily in marketing government as the solution to every problem, the Democrats have been strangely reluctant to take advantage of opportunities to build trust in the institutions of government. But since Democrats won control of the House, government oversight has virtually gone into hibernation.

"Instead of prosecuting waste, fraud and abuse within the world's largest bureaucracy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has transformed congressional oversight from a government watchdog to the opposition research arm of the Democrat National Committee. It happened fast.

"As I explain in my upcoming book, 'Power Grab,' one of Pelosi's first moves when the she took the gavel was to rename the Oversight & Government Reform Committee to just the Oversight & Reform Committee. She literally took the government out of government reform. Suddenly the imperative to root out government waste, fraud and abuse was lost in the political goal to root out a sitting president and any business that supports his agenda.

"The new focus of the oversight role is twofold: to provide political advantage for the 2020 election cycle and to expand oversight reach deep into the private sector."

— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor and Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor and Former Member of Congress and Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee
Posted August 27, 2019 • 07:45 am
On Lack of Voter Enthusiasm for Joe Biden:

"Joe Biden has a major problem. Even among voters who support him, there is a complete lack of enthusiasm. People like him and everyone knows his name. Good old Joe has been around Washington forever and by virtue of that, people appear to trust him more than say a Kamala Harris or a Corey Booker. But try as he might, he cannot seem to energize his base.

"Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, recently told the New York Times, 'I did not meet one Biden voter who was in any way, shape or form excited about voting for Biden.'

"Murray added that, 'They feel that they have to vote for Joe Biden as the centrist candidate, to keep somebody from the left who they feel is unelectable from getting the nomination.'"

— Elizabeth Vaughn, RedState
— Elizabeth Vaughn, RedState
Posted August 26, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Federal Arrests of Non-Citizens:

"Federal arrests of non-citizens has increased exponentially over the past two decades, and account for the majority of all federal arrests, data released by the Justice Department revealed.

"Non-citizens made up 64% of all federal arrests in 2018 despite making up 7% of the U.S. population, according to Justice Department data released Thursday and reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Between 1998 and 2018, federal arrests of non-citizens grew by 234%, while federal arrests of U.S. citizens climbed 10%."

Read entire article here.

— Jason Hopkins, Daily Caller Immigration and Politics Reporter
— Jason Hopkins, Daily Caller Immigration and Politics Reporter
Posted August 23, 2019 • 08:00 am
On Identity Politics and the 2020 Presidential Election:

"With Americans working and with money in their pockets again, with the 2020 election approaching, Democrats are reaching for the race card the way a sick man reaches for the waters of Lourdes. Desperately. Their allies in media followed suit, with Trump called everything from a white supremacist, to a Nazi, and on and on. ...

"Watching our politics, as some Americans have their individuality stripped away by identity politics, as others are kicked to the margins of society, as I mourn journalism as I remember it, I'm reminded of something.

"Ernest Hemingway's explanation of how a man went bankrupt:

"Two ways. Gradually and then suddenly."

— John Kass, Chicago Tribune
— John Kass, Chicago Tribune
Posted August 22, 2019 • 08:02 am
On Elizabeth Warren's Apology:

"It's tough to say which of the 2020 wannabes is the biggest phony, but you can make a strong case for Liz Warren.

"'I am sorry for harm I have caused,' Warren said Monday at a presidential candidates forum on Native American issues. She was referring to the fact that she spent much of her adult life falsely claiming she's part American Indian in an attempt to advance her career.

"Yet what action, exactly was she sorry for? ...

"For saying she was Native American? Or that she got caught?

"Fact is, Warren isn't really sorry for anything. She's already proven that she'll do or say anything to benefit herself."

— The Editors, New York Post
— The Editors, New York Post
Posted August 21, 2019 • 08:00 am
On POTUS' Approval Ratings Among Minorities:

"A mounting number of voter polls show that, despite shrill denunciations of the president by the Democrats for his alleged racism, Trump is enjoying a dramatic increase in his approval ratings among minorities. This isn't, as some liberal news outlets and pundits have suggested, wishful thinking based on outlier polls. The trend began showing up in surveys early this year and appears to be gaining momentum. Some polls now show his approval numbers at 25 percent among African American voters and 50 percent among Hispanic voters. If those figures hold for the next 15 months, they will render Trump unbeatable in November of 2020.

"If this claim seems over the top, it should be remembered that Trump beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 despite garnering only about 8 percent of the black vote and 29 percent of the Hispanic vote. Put another way, Clinton lost the election despite winning nearly 90 percent of the African American vote and two-thirds of the Hispanic vote. In other words, they simply can't beat the president if he holds them to significantly lower percentages of these key voting blocs. The Democrats and their media enablers understand this, of course, which is why they have worked so diligently to discredit polls that confirm the president's gains among minority voters."

Read entire article here.

— David Catron, Health Care Consultant and The American Spectator Contributor
— David Catron, Health Care Consultant and The American Spectator Contributor
Posted August 20, 2019 • 07:49 am
On Political Performance Art:

"This weekend we were treated to the latest installment of a new kind of political performance art created by Antifa and their white nationalist rivals. It may seem strange to call it art, but really that's what it is. Neither of these groups is an actual political force in America with policies or representing large constituencies. Neither are they true revolutionaries who are engaged in some war they can win.

"Both groups are, more than anything else, performers. They have costumes, they have painted signs, and they have scripts. Also, like any true artists, what they crave more than anything else is attention -- not votes, not money, not even influence, mostly just to be looked at and admired, or even hated.

"I struggled over whether to write this article because I believe both groups represent such an insignificant threat to the country that they should probably just be ignored. Stop pointing cameras at them, and they might just go have dinner or watch Netflix or something. But obviously, for myriad reasons, that isn't going to happen. So if this weird new strain of performance art is something we have to deal with, we should try to understand it."

Read entire article here.

— David Marcus, The Federalist
— David Marcus, The Federalist
Posted August 19, 2019 • 08:42 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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