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Friday
Jan082016

ALG - Obama drops IRS regulation to require non-profits to gather donor Social Security numbers 

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Jan. 7, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the withdrawal by the InternalRevenue Service (IRS) of a regulation that would have required non-profit organizations to record to the Social Security numbers of donors:

"We are relieved that the IRS has withdrawn the excessive regulation that would have required non-profit groups to record the Social Security numbers of donors and submit them to the agency, creating glaring security and privacy issues in violation of their First Amendment rights. This is the second time the IRS has ham-handedly tried to increase their capacity to target and harass conservative non-profits in the last three years. The last time it was a regulation severely restricting the political activity of 501(c)(4) organizations, that similarly had to be withdrawn. Hopefully this latest dropping of a politically motivated regulation signals an end to Obama's weaponization of the IRS."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/obama-drops-irs-regulation-to-require-non-profits-to-gather-donor-social-security-numbers/

Attachments:

Comment on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions, Americans for Limited Government,Dec. 15, 2015 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ALG_IRS_Comment_12.15.15.pdf

Comment on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions, Americans for Limited Government Foundation, Dec. 14, 2015 at https://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ALGF-Comment-to-IRS-Re-NPRM-on-Donor-Substantiation_12.14.15.pdf

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Wednesday
Jan062016

ALG - Obama should look in mirror on gun enforcement 

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Jan. 5, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to the announced executive action by the Obama administration on firearms:

"If Obama's contention is that he is merely enforcing the law as written with his so-called executive action on firearms, and that he believes doing so can prevent more shootings, then Obama must be admitting that his apparent failure to enforce existing law makes him culpable for gun-related murders. Of course, Obama should enforce existing laws. He's the President after all.

"Unfortunately, Obama's record is of declining enforcement actions against illegal firearm dealers with only his Justice Department only generating about 200 convictions a year of illegal unlicensed gun sales. There is no loophole that prevents federal law enforcement officials from going after illegal unlicensed gun trafficking, otherwise, there would not be any convictions at all. Obama should urge the Department of Justice to aggressively investigate and prosecute real gun trafficking crimes involving real criminals and stop the politicized rhetoric against law-abiding gun owners.

"What is even more distressing is that while Obama blames law-abiding gun owners for violence, he hypocritically is releasing tens of thousands of felons from federal prisons, increasing the risk of repeated crimes. It would seem that with his tepid prosecution record and his felon release program that all Obama needs to do to find out who's at fault is look in the mirror."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/obama-should-look-in-mirror-on-gun-enforcement/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Jan052016

ALG- Will Schumer react to NSA spying on Congress on Iran nuke deal?

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Jan. 4, 2016, Fairfax, Va.—Americans forLimited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statementreacting to a Wall Street Journal report that NationalSecurity Agency (NSA) spying on Israeli officials netted conversations withmembers of Congress as they considered how to vote on the Iran nucleardeal:

"There is absolutely no excuse for theObama administration to spy on Congress to gather information on an activepiece of legislation, in this case the Iran nuclear deal. Congress has manyroles in foreign policy, including the Treaty Power and consideration of otheragreements with foreign governments. There has to be a bright line betweenthose congressional deliberations and the executive branch on these agreements,which members are under no obligation to support. The executive branch can spyon any foreign government it wishes, but the moment it nets deliberations withmembers of Congress on active legislation, those conversations should have beenimmediately destroyed, not passed along.

"The most damning aspect of this is thatreportedly the White House did not tell the NSA to stoponce it knew it was intercepting conversations with Congress on what was anactive political dispute between the branches of government. If true, theseoffenses would be impeachable. What did the President know and when did he knowit? Congress was willing to impeach Richard Nixon, in Article 2,Section 2 of the Articles of Impeachment against him, for using electronicsurveillance 'for purposes unrelated to national security, the enforcement oflaws, or any other lawful function of his office.' Nixon resigned for similarsurveillance against political enemies. You cannot say Nixon was horrible andhad to go and then defend such an egregious abuse of power. There is too muchat stake. Senate and House intelligence committees must convene hearings onthis issue, and the Attorney General should appoint a special prosecutorimmediately.

"To think what the NSA did was justified,you have to set aside the constitutional separation of powers and say it's okayfor the executive branch to spy on Congress whenever they meet with foreignerson legislation, which happens often when it comes to treaties, trade agreementsand the like, just so the administration can win a domestic legislative debate.There is no other use these consultations would serve. These were legislativedeliberations, not foreign intelligence. It cannot be both. Given the context,where the Israeli Prime Minister had been actively invited to Congress to speakon the issue, and was publicly opposed to the deal along with many members ofCongress for perfectly valid reasons, there is no case to be made that this wasespionage or a significant source of foreign intelligence.

 "Notto be missed is, as theleading Senate Democrat opposed to the deal and perhapsthe most heavily lobbied member of Congress on the issue, the stronglikelihood that Senator Charles Schumer's conversations were captured andforwarded to the White House. It has been a source of wonder that Schumer'sopposition was so ineffective in bringing other Democrats along, and it isreasonable to guess that the intelligence the NSA provided to the White Housewas used to thwart his efforts. One can be certain that if a Republican presidenthad engaged in this illegal activity, Senator Schumer would be loudly callingfor his or her impeachment. The integrity question for Schumer is whether he iswilling to subject President Obama to those same standards, and lead animpeachment fight?"

To view online: http://getliberty.org/will-schumer-react-to-nsa-spying-on-congress-on-iran-nuke-deal/

Attachments:

NSA spying on Netanyahu, Congress overIran nuke deal confirms worst fears, By Robert Romano, Dec. 31, 2015 at http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/31/nsa-spying-on-netanyahu-congress-over-iran-nuke-deal-confirms-worst-fears/

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for LimitedGovernment at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.orgto arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

 

Saturday
Dec192015

ALG - Congress passes $1.1 trillion omnibus

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Dec. 18, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans of Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting overwhelming passage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill by the House and Senate:

"House Speaker Paul Ryan has reacted to passage of the omnibus spending bill by saying it 'advances Republican priorities.' Which ones?

"We agree with Senate JudiciaryCommittee Chairman Chuck Grassley who has said it will help terrorist travel and economic espionage in the U.S. It leaves our borders wide open, and fails to stop Obama's executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children. It increases spending $112 billion over the next two years, busting the spending caps. It does nothing to defund Planned Parenthood. It reinstates the Wind Production Tax Credit. It funds Obamacare. It quardruples H2-B visas for low-skilled workers at the expense of American workers. It fails use the power of the purse to rein in a single one of Obama's economy crippling regulations. It funds the Department of Housing and Urban Development racial and income zoning quotas being imposed on 1,200 counties and cities that accept any portion of $3 billion of annual community development block grants.

"The omnibus does not advance Republican priorities, or even the American people's priorities, it advances the priorities of the power elite in Washington, D.C. that continues to operate within a vacuum."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/congress-passes-1-1-trillion-omnibus-alg-reacts/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Friday
Dec182015

ALG - Omnibus quadruples H2-B visas 

6Dec. 17, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americansfor Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the followingstatement calling attention to a provision in the omnibus spending bill for theremainder of fiscal year 2016 that will quadruplethe number of H2-B visas for low-skilled workers:

"At a time of heightened securityconcerns over terrorism and immigration in the wake of Paris and SanBernardino, Congress is considering an omnibus spending bill that includes as aprovision quadrupling the number of H2-B visas for low-skilled workers. This isas irresponsible on the security front as it is politically deaf, dumb, andblind. House Republicans cannot possibly vote to keep the gates wide open, inthe process making America less secure, while also throwing Americans workersunder the bus. Now is the time for House members to stand up for sanity, andreject the special interests who are selling America's future down theriver."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/omnibus-quadruples-h2-b-visas/

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.