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Friday
Feb072014

ALG urges Congress to force special counsel in IRS targeting scandal 

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Feb. 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Richard Manning today issued the following statement urging the House of Representatives to use its power of the purse to force the Attorney General to appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS tea party targeting scandal:

"Congressman Jim Jordan earned the nation's respect today for holding a hearing highlighting the IRS abuses against conservative oriented social welfare groups.  It was astonishing to hear Democrats on the Committee continue to deny the obvious weaponization of government experienced by these Americans triggered for no other reason than their decision to formally engage in the political process. 

"It is truly embarrassing that these Democrats, who purport to support democracy and involvement, would make excuses and even go so far as to attack those who have already been victimized once. 

"Fortunately, Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote and Becky Gerritson of Wetumpka Tea Party in Alabama continue to refuse to be victims and will not be silenced.  Their efforts, along with outstanding members of Congress like Mr. Jordan have brought the Obama Administration's obvious abuse of power to the national spotlight. 

"Last year, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called for a special counsel to investigate and prosecute these egregious abuses of power that threaten the fabric of our representative democracy.  That call was echoed today by Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.  It is clear that the Justice Department is stonewalling any legitimate investigation and there is no longer any excuse for denying a legitimate independent investigation of these blatant attacks on the fundamental right to dissent.

"To force the issue, Congress using its power of the purse should stop all attempts by the IRS to impose new regulations governing social welfare groups, and additionally force a full investigation into these abuses by a special counsel." 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-urges-congress-to-force-special-counsel-in-irs-targeting-scandal/

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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.

Thursday
Feb062014

ALG - IRS smoking gun uncovered by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp

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Feb. 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement calling attention to documents uncovered by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp proving that the proposed IRS regulations against 501(c)(4)s were planned while the targeting of the tea party was ongoing, and not in response to that scandal in 2013 as the Obama administration has contended:

"President Obama can no longer hide behind his seemingly perpetual state of confusion over what is happening in his administration, as records now clearly show. The 2012 email released by Chairman Camp proves that the new IRS regulation restricting 501(c)(4) organizations' political speech was not in response to the scandal targeting the tea party or any confusion about what (c)(4) regulations mean, but was devised well in advance.

"The IRS had a long-term plan to use its power to intimidate and stop small conservative groups from participating in the political process using the same tax-exempt status as groups like Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters that publish voter guides.

"Congress can no longer stand idly assuming good will from this administration and it must use its power of the purse including any extension of the debt ceiling to expressly prohibit the implementation of these new IRS rules designed to squelch First Amendment rights of Obama's political opponents."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/irs-smoking-gun-uncovered-by-house-ways-and-means-committee-chairman-dave-camp/

Attachments:

"Camp Blasts Treasury & Lois Lerner for Developing 501(c)(4) Rules 'Off-Plan'" Feb. 5, 2014 at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=369014

"Obama's state of confusion on IRS underscores cover-up," By ALG Senior Editor Robert Romano, Feb. 5, 2014 at http://netrightdaily.com/2014/02/obamas-state-confusion-irs-underscores-cover/

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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.

 

Thursday
Feb062014

ALG - Perez hoisted on racial disparate impact petard

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Feb. 6, 2014, Fairfax, Va.--Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement in response to allegations by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 12 that the Obama-run Department of Labor has engaged in racial discrimination in their internal promotion policies dating back to 2009:

"It is the ultimate irony that Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is facing a union crisis at the Department he leads that is largely based upon racial discrimination claims built around the discredited disparate impact theory that he has long sought to impose on private employers. 

"The racism claim from Labor's public employee union local is based upon statistical analysis of job promotions rather than a critical look at the comparative candidates who were being considered.  Under Perez's own enforcement of the law while at the Justice Department, the merits of individual candidates don't matter, the only guideline for racial discrimination is if the correct proportion of each race and gender are represented.  Now, he faces a complaint that accuses his predecessor and many of his subordinates in the Department with being branded with the scarlet R of racist due to their promotion practices. 

"Now Perez and Obama himself are being hoisted on the very petard they have been using as a cudgel against private employers."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/perez-hoisted-on-racial-disparate-impact-petard/ 

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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
Feb012014

ALG praises Rep. Dave Camp for taking IRS investigation lead 

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Jan. 31, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today praised Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) for directing the investigation of the IRS targeting of the tea party and other 501(c)4 organizations toward a November 2013 proposed rulemaking by the Treasury Department that will severely restrict the political speech of all 501(c)4s:

"House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp's request for all documents related to the IRS rulemaking is a step in the right direction to stop these egregious regulations from taking effect.  The regulations would effectively legitimize the very IRS activity that resulted in the tea party targeting scandal of the past couple of years.  Chairman Camp's request will help determine if the new regulations were driven more by politics than the law."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/alg-praises-rep-dave-camp-for-taking-irs-investigation-lead/

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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
Jan292014

ALG - Urge Congress to Stop the IRS assault on the Tea Party 

Jan. 28, 2014

Fellow patriots,

Not content with merely targeting tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations that engage in various types of political activity on an ad-hoc basis, the Obama administration via the Treasury Department has come out with a far more uniform approach to stifling (c)(4) political speech, issuing a new regulation severely restricting political activity of 501(c)(4) organizations that was dropped the day after Thanksgiving.

Under existing rules, an organization may carry on electioneering activities so long as it does not constitute a majority of its activities. But, no longer.

Now, limitations will be imposed not simply on advocacy for or against a candidate for public office, as has been the case for over 50 years, but on any communication that even mentions a public official who happens to be a candidate. Specifically, the regulations will define "certain communications that are close in time to an election and that refer to a clearly identified candidate as electioneering communications."


To combat this, we have acquired a tool to create a petition to Congress in protest of this rule as well as the ability to send a personal letter to the signer's Representative and Senators. We believe that, with your help, we can make an impact on this vital issue.

This tool includes an iframe text code that you can insert into the full-width html portion of your blog or website and help the cause of stopping these IRS regulations with a grassroots movement so large that can't be ignored on the Hill.

The code is located on our netrightdaily.com page as well as below this email. 

Please consider partnering with Americans for Limited Government by adding your name to the petition, sending a letter to your Representative and Senators, and placing this petition opportunity on your blog or website to spread the reach and effectiveness of this message.

 

Keep fighting!

For Liberty,

 

Robert Romano
 
Senior Editor
Americans for Limited Government

 

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