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First Amendment Rights: Good News from the IRS on Donor Privacy

In this era of increased harassment and persecution of people on the basis of political viewpoints and First Amendment expression, there’s actually good news to report.

In fact, that positive development comes from none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which few people typically consider a font of good news.

Specifically, the IRS just announced a proposed rule to stop requiring nonprofit organizations to file what’s known as a Form 990 Schedule B, which exposes sensitive donor information not only to the federal government and potential rogues like former IRS official Lois Lerner, but also people who seek to access and use that information to target people on the basis of political belief.

As we at CFIF have long asserted, this welcome move will help protect the…[more]

September 12, 2019 • 11:07 am

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A former employee of Robert De Niro’s production studio is being sued for millions of dollars after being accused of abusing company time and misappropriating funds.

According to news sources, De Niro's Canal Productions has filed a $6 million suit against Chase Robinson, claiming the employee hired by De Niro in 2008 as an assistant, and later became vice-president of production and finance, binge-watched Netflix during work hours, ordered takeout on the company’s dime, and caused general financial mayhem. The lawsuit accuses Robinson of "breaching her fiduciary duties, [violating] the faithless service doctrine and conversion."

Remarkably, Robinson is accused of “binge-watching astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix.” The lawsuit claims that, “over the 4-day period between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 11, 2019, 55 episodes of ‘Friends’ were accessed.” Allegedly Robinson then watched 32 episodes of Friends on a single Saturday and binged watched 20 episodes of Arrested Development and ten episodes of Schitt's Creek.

“Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment and, on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,” the lawsuit mentioned.

Robinson, who recently resigned from her six-figure position, reportedly charged to the company credit card $8,923.20 at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, $32,000 for Ubers and taxis and $12,696.65 at the Madison Avenue restaurant Paola’s, over a two-year period. Robinson also allegedly used 3 million of De Niro’s frequent flyer miles for personal trips and vacations and transferred 5 million miles to her personal account, at a total estimated value of $125,000.

Source: Rollingstone.com

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