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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 FBI Inspector General's Report on James Comey:

"The Justice Department's chief watchdog is preparing a damning report on James Comey's conduct in his final days as FBI director that likely will conclude he leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor after his own agency began looking into his feud with President Trump over the Russia probe.

"Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz's team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution -- a decision that's likely to upset Comey's conservative critics.

"Prosecutors found the IG's findings compelling but decided not to bring charges because they did not believe they had enough evidence of Comey's intent to violate the law, according to multiple sources."

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Award-Winning Journalist, Investigative Columnist and The Hill Executive Vice President
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Journalist, Investigative Columnist and The Hill Executive Vice President
Posted August 02, 2019 • 08:07 am
On the Second Night of the Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate:

"All night long, almost every candidate on stage aimed their attacks at Joe Biden. Early on, Kamala Harris referred to him as 'Senator Biden,' a perhaps not-so-accidental demotion. Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, and Cory Booker all went after him in rapid succession. Even Kirsten Gillibrand claimed that Biden opposed women working outside the home, a particularly implausible accusation.

"Here's the good news for Biden: If tonight doesn't do any damage to his numbers, he will probably cruise to the nomination. This is life as the frontrunner -- you get attacked by everybody, all the time, on any issue that they think will get them some traction. Biden got socked in the jaw in the first debate, lost some ground in the subsequent polls, but gradually floated back to a solid lead. With the vast majority of Democrats living today having voted for him twice as vice president, and generally liking him and not all that bothered by long-ago not-so-progressive positions, all Biden has to do is not fumble.

"The weirdest aspect of the attacks on Biden was the suggestion that the Obama presidency was some sort of right-wing nightmare, full of draconian deportation enforcement, Americans desperately yearning for health care and having no way to get it, a Department of Justice that shrugged at police abuses . . . almost everyone assumes that Barack Obama will remain on the sidelines during this primary process. But if Biden is the lone defender of the Obama legacy, and every other upstart is painting the previous presidency as a failure, maybe Obama will come out and formally endorse his old wingman."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted August 01, 2019 • 07:42 am
On the Second 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate:

"It's the second debate and already Bernie Sanders is exhausting. Why does he feel the need to shout every single sentence? Every answer, on every topic, he sounded like he wasn't sure if his microphone was working. (Ryan had an okay delivery of a good line when he said to Sanders, 'you don't have to shout.') Sanders is the equivalent of getting e-mails from your great-uncle who FORGETS THAT HE HAD THE CAPS LOCK KEY DOWN. Also, I get the feeling a lot of Democratic officials have gotten sick and tired of Bernie's holier-than-thou 'I'm the only one who is willing to be bold and stand up for the people' schtick, particularly when he wasn't formally a Democrat for most of his career.

"On paper, Elizabeth Warren won, in the sense that she got through the night without any major gaffes. A lot of liberals will love her for her quip, 'I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running to the president of the United States to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for.' Of course, she's celebrating one of the big problems in our political system -- no presidential candidate wants to acknowledge the limits of the power of the office, the presence of the opposition party, judicial review, the inherent difficulties of enacting sweeping changes through legislation, or the limit of government policy to solve problems in society. One of the reasons Americans are so cynical is that they've seen plenty of politicians come and go, with almost every one of them promising the moon and very few living up to the hype.

"Warren shamelessly insisted that the government could pay for quality health care for every American -- and illegal immigrants, too! -- just by raising taxes on billionaires and big corporations. Warren made clear tonight that she's not going to let a little thing like fiscal reality get in between her and the nomination."

Read entire article here.

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted July 31, 2019 • 08:01 am
On Baltimore and Guatemala:

"Republicans are very easy to intimidate. They still get red in the face when CNN calls them 'racist.' But they shouldn't. It's not real. Nobody means it, least of all, Al Sharpton. If you paid him money, he would stop criticizing you. You should, probably. It is just easier.

"The whole thing is a campaign tactic dreamed up at the DNC. Once the Russia conspiracy imploded, Democrats and their lackeys in the media moved on to the other message they have, which is, 'Shut up, racist.' It didn't work in 2016 for Hillary, but they're hopeful it will work this time. They are trying hard. We will see.

"Meanwhile, Baltimore -- the actual city of Baltimore, not the metaphor of Baltimore -- could desperately use some attention. So it's good news that it is finally getting some. If anything, Trump's tweets underplay the crisis there.

"Last year, the city of Baltimore recorded 309 homicides -- that's a rate of more than 50 per 100,000 people. To put it in perspective, if Baltimore were a country, it would have the fourth-highest murder rate in the world, barely below Venezuela.

"Or think of it this way: last week, the left denounced President Trump for reaching a deal with Guatemala that declares the country a safe location for asylum seekers. Liberals told us that Guatemala has too much crime and too many gangs to be considered safe. Making people stay in Guatemala is a human rights violation they told us, and yet, and here's the amazing part, Baltimore's murder rate is double that of Guatemala."

Read entire article here.

— Tucker Carlson, FOX News
— Tucker Carlson, FOX News
Posted July 30, 2019 • 07:49 am
On Putting the Brakes on the Impeachment Train:

"Having hit a dead end, the impeachment train is seeking new witnesses and new subpoenas to tie the president up in investigations and continue the empty threat of impeachment that has the support of about 25 percent of even the House of Representatives. Democratic candidates for president should be wary of all this rather than cheer it on. It's one of them who might get elected and face midterm elections that flip Congress, and they will find themselves subject to retaliatory investigations normalized by events taking place today.

"Targeting political opponents through the legal and subpoena process after a massive investigation revealed no collusion undermines our democracy. It is a far greater threat to our country and its institutions than any ads on Facebook. Whether you think the FBI acted out of political malice (which is now being investigated) or a sense of duty, there is simply no evidence that the president ever committed a crime, or that his top aides were involved in collusion or conspiracy. ...

"Mueller's testimony confirmed these basic facts, and it should put impeachment investigations in the rearview mirror."

— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
— Mark Penn, Stagwell Group Managing Director and 1996, 2000 and 2008 Clinton Campaign Chief Strategist
Posted July 29, 2019 • 07:53 am
On the Russia Hoax and the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:

"On Thursday, Adam Schiff went on CNN to carry water for his boss, Nancy Pelosi. 'Impeachment might not be a great idea,' he told CNN's viewers.

"But wait, that doesn't seem to make sense. If Donald Trump is working for a hostile foreign power, as Adam Schiff has told us countless times that he is, how can we not impeach him? No one on CNN asked Adam Schiff to explain that contradiction, unfortunately. Not that it matters. Think about it for a second, and you'll see exactly what's going on.

"Adam Schiff never believed a word he was saying about Russian collusion. I suppose the good news is Schiff is not delusional. The bad news, though, is that Adam Schiff is a soulless liar. He is a man willing to say literally anything for political advantage, and that's really the worst of all. Being a lunatic would be much more appealing than that.

"Naturally, Washington being the place that it is, Adam Schiff has been richly rewarded for his shameless deceit. He is still the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. That's one of most powerful jobs in all of government. Schiff is all but certain to be there for years."

— Tucker Carlson, FOX News
— Tucker Carlson, FOX News
Posted July 26, 2019 • 08:23 am
On the Impact of Robert Mueller's Congressional Testimony on Democrats' Calls for Impeachment:

"Among his talents, Donald Trump has a special gift for driving his detractors so crazy that they do really stupid stuff. The decision by Democrats to force Robert Mueller to testify before Congress is Exhibit A.

"Bumblin' Bob was a train wreck of epic proportions. The fallout is immediate, starting with this: Impeachment is no longer an option.

"It had a slim chance before Wednesday's painful slog and no chance after it. ...

"There are two other major developments growing out of the hearing.

"First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now has the responsibility to get her party back to its job of governing. She gave the impeachment caucus and its fanatical leaders, Reps. Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, time to gin up public support, but they have gotten nowhere because the facts were not as they promised."

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted July 25, 2019 • 08:52 am
On Police Shootings in Black and White:

"White police officers are not more likely to shoot minorities than their non-white counterparts, according to a new study.

"'If anything, black officers are more likely to shoot black citizens,' Dr. Joseph Cesario, co-author and professor of psychology at Michigan State University, wrote in the report. 'But this is because black officers are drawn from the same population that they police. So, the more black citizens there are in a community, the more black police officers there are.'

"The 'systematic nationwide study' from MSU and University of Maryland -- described as the first of its kind -- debunks the commonly-held belief that white police officers unfairly target black and brown citizens in use of lethal force. A flurry of media reports over the span of a few years and the efforts of two major media outlets, the UK's Guardian and the Washington Post, roiled both the nation and the political theater.

"'There are so many examples of people saying that when black citizens are shot by police, it's white officers shooting them. In fact, our findings show no support for the idea that white officers are biased in shooting black citizens,' Dr. Cesario wrote.

"The findings of the study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), incorporating data about every officer-involved shooting since 2015. Researchers collected the age, sex, race and experience level of each officer who was found to have shot a suspect."

Read entire article here.

— Phillip Nieto, The Daily Caller Contributor
— Phillip Nieto, The Daily Caller Contributor
Posted July 24, 2019 • 08:53 am
On the Reasons Behind Recent Iranian Aggression:

"Rarely has a foreign country seemed so eager to get bombed by the United States as Iran does right now.

"In its latest provocation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. It wasn't a subtle operation. Revolutionary Guard forces rappelled on to the tanker from a helicopter, and if you have any doubt, it was all captured on videotape.

"The act raised the stakes in the regime's confrontation with the West. After the last round, when the Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump order a retaliatory strike that he abruptly cancelled, citing his fears of disproportionate casualties. Our natural instinct would to hit Iran hard for its depredations and to establish a deterrent against such attacks before they get worse. But in this case, Iran clearly wants to provoke a reaction, which suggests the administration's more cautious, 'rope-a-dope' approach may be the right one.

"Skeptics doubted that the administration's unilateral sanctions could truly bite after the nuclear deal opened Iran for business with Europe. They were wrong. The oil embargo and banking sanctions, imposed after Trump pulled out of the deal, have been cratering the Iranian economy. The regime's aggressions are an attempt to find a way out of the economic punishment."

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted July 23, 2019 • 07:50 am
On the Shift of Minority Voters:

"The 2018 election was a watershed in the shift of minority voters toward Republicans.

"Consider the example of the very left-wing African-American female candidate for governor in Georgia. She alienated enough African-American males with her radicalized platforms that the Republican candidate wound up with a significant percentage of African-American male votes.

"In Florida, a left-wing African-American candidate for governor lost almost one out of five African-American female votes because of his opposition to school choice.

"In Michigan, a charismatic Republican African-American veteran and businessman, John James, received more votes for the Senate in Michigan than any Republican since the year 2000. James is running again, and if he wins, the historic monopoly that the left has on the African-American vote will collapse.

"All around the country, President Trump is attracting Latinos to his rallies in record numbers. There is strong support in the Latino community for job creation, income growth, small business prosperity, and enforcing the law.

"The left's reaction to these threats has been hysteria."

Read entire article here.

— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted July 22, 2019 • 08:00 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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