CEI Today: Free speech lawsuit, state pension trouble, and the strategic petroleum reserve


CEI.org: Bulldog Investors v. Massachusetts

The Competitive Enterprise Institute this week filed an amicus brief in support of hedge fund Bulldog Investors and free speech rights.  Bulldog is suing the state of Massachusetts for violating the company’s First Amendment free speech rights after the state filed an administrative complaint against the company for responding to a citizen's request for information.  Following an adverse ruling by the state supreme court, the case is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.> Read more at CEI.org

Interview Hans Bader or John Berlau



Mixing pensions with politics - Big state funds use stock-owning clout to push progressive issues

For two decades, overseers of California's state employee pension funds have placed ideological agendas ahead of investment returns. This has cost pensioners dearly, for no good reason. Thus, the pension board members appear to be in dereliction of their fiduciary duty to gain the best possible returns for the funds on which so many depend for their retirement.

The managers of CalPERS and California State Teachers' Retirement System – CalSTRS – have engaged in a politically motivated investing strategy that has put California government workers' pensions at undue risk. .>Read the full commentary on ocregister.com

>Interview Trey Kovacs

>Keep up on all the labor policy news at Workplacechoice.org


Strategic Petroleum Reserve: A Hedge against Economic Illiteracy

Reps. Peter King (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)  have written President Obama urging him to release oil from the U.S. government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to help drive down high gas prices. Congressional Republicans are opposing the effort “to politicize” the SPR. Who’s right in this latest political squabble? > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview Ryan Young




Saturday, March 31

HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.

Join the HAH Facebook group.



Ten Thousand Commandments

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Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation

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