CEI Today: EPA loses text messages, eBay & ALEC, urban renewal policies & the Kochs, and more

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA PULLS AN IRS, LOSES TEXT MESSAGES - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Pulling 'an IRS'? EPA reportedly loses text messages now sought in request
 

The EPA is being accused of pulling “an IRS” for reportedly planning to inform the National Archives it has lost text messages being sought in an open-records request.


The Washington Times
reported Wednesday that lawyers from the Department of Justice informed a federal court of the EPA’s plans to tell the National Archives it cannot produce the text messages because they have been deleted.


The open-records request in question came from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is seeking text messages from the devices of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner
 

GREEN PRESSURE GROUPS - MARLO LEWIS  

Globalwarming.org: Will eBay Stand with ALEC?

 

On Tuesday, some 80 ‘progressive’ organizations (including Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters, MoveOn.org, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and AFL-CIO) sent a letter to eBay’s CEO, Chairman, CFO, and General Counsel urging them to end the company’s support for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the national association of conservative state legislators.


This just in. . . .The New Republic reports that eBay has declined to honor (capitulate to) this request (pressure). > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

THE KOCHS & URBAN RENEWAL POLICIES - MARC SCRIBNER

Super PAC Attacks Kochs on Civil Rights, Endorses “Urban Renewal” Policies that Harmed Minorities

 

Alternet posted yet another bogus smear on the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.The article summarizes the “findings” of a report titled, “The Koch Brothers’ Record on Civil Rights and Race,” which was produced by an outfit called “The Bridge Project.” This front group is really an arm of a super PAC called American Bridge 21st Century, which was founded by Democratic party activist David Brock and in 2012 was described as “the hub of the left” by Roll Call. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

COST OF TAX COMPLIANCE - WAYNE CREWS

The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup, Part 1: Big Bucks for Pencil Pushers


When it comes to red tape and federal paperwork, the costs of tax compliance for individuals and businesses are said to account for most of the federal paperwork burden.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


 

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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
CEI Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow