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Tuesday
Jul222014

ALG - Department of Labor Prioritized Illegal Fundraising Over Following The Law 

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July 21, 2014, Fairfax, Va. and Washington, D.C.—Government watchdogs Cause of Action and Americans for Limited Government (ALG) exposed the Administration for valuing illegal fundraising for the President over its statutory duty to keep the public informed of its activities. 

 

Cause of Action obtained documents revealing that a public records appeal filed by ALG with the Department of Labor (DOL) concerning former Secretary Solis' calendars was held up for years before DOL released the information.    

 

Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens: "President Obama upon entering office promised us an open and transparent administration, stating that records should not be withheld 'because of speculative or abstract fears.' Instead of fulfilling this promise, the White House is micro-managing how agencies release records, apparently acting on exactly these types of fears. As a result, release of records is delayed and the delays in many instances destroy the public utility of the information in the records. These delays are, of course, contrary to FOIA and should cease immediately."

 

Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein: "Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis chose to illegally fundraise for President Obama using taxpayer-funded resources while neglecting to ensure that the agency she oversaw was transparent.  DOL sat on records for years until the White House cleared the information for release.  Sadly, such delays have become par for the course under this Administration, which screens agency  documents containing White House "equities,"  -- a broad and undefined term used to delay the release of politically sensitive information to the public, and even to Congress. Hiding behind White House equities is a threat to free speech and this Administration must be held accountable for it."

 

Documents show that ALG's FOIA appeal was delayed by over two years:

 

Sept. 1, 2010:  In response to a Jan. 14, 2010 FOIA request from ALG, DOL withheld a calendar entry showing that Solis met with Cecilia Munoz from White House on April 7, 2009.

 

Oct. 26, 2010:  ALG files FOIA appeal, challenging redactions.

 

Approx. March 2012:  Solis makes a fundraising call to a DOL employee during business hours in order to aid the President's reelection campaign. 

 

Apr. 8, 2013 to May 6, 2013:  DOL finally consults with White House Counsel's Office about releasing the calendar entry; White House agrees to release.

 

May 20, 2013: DOL issues final response to ALG which includes the production of the calendar with the calendar entry.

 

About Cause of Action:
Cause of Action is a non-profit, nonpartisan government accountability organization that fights to protect economic opportunity when federal regulations, spending and cronyism threaten it.  For more information, visit www.causeofaction.org.

 

About Americans for Limited Government:
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, visit www.GetLiberty.org. 

 

To schedule an interview with Cause of Action's Executive Director Dan Epstein, contact media@causeofaction.org or (202) 499-4232. To schedule an interview with Americans for Limited Government's President Nathan Mehrens, contact media@limitgov.org or (703) 383-0880 x 106.

 

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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
Apr292014

CEI Today: Report on regulatory burden, the Obama Labor Dept nominee, Internet gambling, and more 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
In the News Today

 

REPORT ON REGULATORY BURDEN - WAYNE CREWS

 

Federal Regulations Take $1.8 Trillion Bite Out of US Economy

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released its annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the size and scope of federal regulations by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. According to the report, federal regulations took a $1.863 trillion bite out of the U.S. economy in 2013. > View the report

Obama's record-setting expansion of federal regulations

Inside the Beltway: Federal regs — they cost $1.9 trillion

 

New Report: How the Obama Admin. Has Far Surpassed George W. Bush in Pushing Costly New Regulations Without Congressional Approval

 

Regulator Without Peer - By at least one measure, Obama surpasses all of his predecessors.

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

> Follow Wayne Crews on Twitter
 

 

OBAMA LABOR NOMINEE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

CEI Labor Scorecard: Senate Vote on Confirmation of David Weil for Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division
 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) will score this week's Senate vote(s) regarding the confirmation of David Weil to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. Instead of focusing on results for employees, Professor Weil embraces: litigiously strong arming job-creating businesses; shaking down whole industry trees; increasing government spending on the Wage and Hour Division’s attacks on businesses;The Labor and Employment Policy Scorecard can be found at CEI’s labor policy project: WorkplaceChoice.org.

> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

INTERNET GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON

Openmarket.org: Republican Internet Gambling Ban Undermines States’ and Individual Rights

Despite rhetoric that we need to “restore” the Federal Wire Act in order to protect states’ rights, Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would do the exact opposite. The bills would rewrite a U.S. federal law instituted in 1961, creating a de facto ban on Internet gambling, prohibiting states from legalizing and regulating the activity—something three states have already done with others in the process. > Read more

 

> Related: Libertarian groups slam online gambling ban

> Interview Michelle Minton

 

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

Saturdays, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

In the latest podcast, guests Michael Greeley and Esther Dyson discuss health, wellness and markets!

 


April 23, 2014: Reforming Fannie and Freddie


Senior Fellow John Berlau argues that a bill from Senators Tim Johnson and Mike Crapo intended to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would only make things worse.

 

 





 

Saturday
Dec072013

ALG - Labor Department under fire for data manipulation

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ALG issues statement on jobs report

 

Dec. 6, 2013, Fairfax, Va.— Americans for Limited Government vice president of public policy and communications Rick Manning, a former Public Affairs Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor, today issued the following statement praising House leaders including committee chairmen Rep. John Kline and Rep. Dave Camp for investigating allegations that the unemployment numbers are being manipulated at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau:

"The House Education and Workforce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee have taken a vital first step in getting answers from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on news reports that monthly jobs data has been manipulated

"The December 3 letter from Chairmen John Kline, Dave Camp, along with the three relevant subcommittee chairmen charged with overseeing the Labor and Commerce Departments demanded that Perez provide the Committees, 'a description of all instances in which the Census Bureau reported to BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) its data were found to be inaccurate.'

"In the context of ongoing legitimate concerns that the unemployment numbers have been willfully and deliberately manipulated, the Labor Department's report that the unemployment rate has dramatically declined to 7 percent is evidence that it is now time for Congress to end extended unemployment benefits and restore the normal 27 week eligibility period that existed prior to 2008.

"It is also clear that the Federal Reserve should immediately begin tapering the $85 billion a month in mortgage backed securities purchases as this data, and that previously reported, demonstrate that it is unnecessary.  In fact it would be the height of irresponsibility for the Fed to continue on the reckless course of continuing the Quantitative Easing program at all."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/labor-department-under-fire-for-data-manipulation-alg-issues-statement-on-jobs-report/

Attachments:

House letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Dec. 3, 2013 at http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/12-03-13-dol-bls_statistics.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
Sep252013

CEI Today: Obama nominee being Borked?, new Labor Dept hiring quotas, and a commission on reg reform

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMA NOMINEE - BRIAN McNICOLL

Human Events: Binz is not being Borked


Ron Binz, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, still could be confirmed by the Senate. But Binz’ nomination is in trouble today not because of his public work as a member of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission but because he appeared during his confirmation hearing to offer four statements that do match up with the facts. > Read more

> Interview Brian McNicoll


 

HIRING QUOTAS - HANS BADER


Openmarket.org: Labor Department Imposes Disability Hiring Quotas, Even in Divisions that Don’t Get Federal Contracts

 

The Obama Labor Department has just finalized rules that will effectively require businesses that get federal contracts to adopt a 7 percent hiring quota for the disabled. Much of the American workforce is employed by a federal contractor, since most large companies have federal contracts. So this will affect much of the economy, and impose massive new costs on American business. > Read more


> Interview Hans Bader

 

REGULATORY REFORM - WAYNE CREWS & RYAN YOUNG

American Spectator
: The Regulatory Improvement Commission


No bureaucracy would voluntarily reduce the size and scope of its mission and its budget. Instead, reform must come from outside. One such approach is the Regulatory Improvement Act of 2013, introduced by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The bill would establish an independent Regulatory Improvement Commission, which would identify rules ripe for repeal and send them to Congress.

The idea goes back at least two decades, and has garnered support from across the political spectrum, from former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TEX) on the right to the Progressive Policy Institute’s Michael Mandel on the left. Here’s how a Regulatory Improvement Commission would work.
> Read more


> Interview an expert

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling


Feat. CEI's Gregory Conko


There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Join us as we examine the history and science of GMOs, their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers.

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


CEI President Lawson Bader


Phrases and concepts that come straight from the free enterprise playbook—fiscal hawk, job creator, and venture capitalist—are clearly appropriated to promote increased government spending and intervention. > In Name Only

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27,
Sopot, Poland

Economic architecture of a new Europe. How to make institutions, governance and regulations to foster long-lasting growth?


Featuring CEI regulatory reform expert, Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28

 




Thursday
Sep192013

CEI Today: Surprising EPA admission, Obama FERC nominee accused of misleading, and stealth new Labor Dept regulations

Thursday, September 19, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMA EPA GLOBAL WARMING REGS - MARLO LEWIS

 

EPA Admits Obama Global Warming Regs Unrelated to Actual Climate Change

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy admitted in testimony before Congress yesterday that the Obama administration's new carbon emissions regulations are unrelated to actual climate change.

"The indicators on the [EPA's own] website are broad global indicators. . .of impacts associated with climate change," McCarthy told Rep. Mike Pompeo. "They are not performance requirements or impacts related to any particular act." 
> Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

> Follow Marlo Lewis on Twitter

OPPOSING OBAMA'S ENERGY NOMINEE - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: President Obama’s FERC Nominee Ron Binz Derailed by Truthiness


President Obama’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) nominee Ron Binz was caught in a tangle of contradictions during his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. For starters, Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) suggested that Binz misled her during a previous face to face meeting.

 > Read more

See also: Top Obama energy nominee Ron Binz asked oil company employees for confirmation help


> Interview William Yeatman

 

MINIMUM WAGE & OVERTIME REGS - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: DOL Finalizes Companionship Rule


With little notice, on September 17, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez finalized a rule to extend the Fair Labor Standards Act–minimum wage and overtime protections–to nearly 2 million direct care providers. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

CEI AT CPAC! SEPT. 28


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

Genetically Modified Foods: Truth about Labeling
Feat. CEI's Gregory Conko


There is significant misinformation and confusion about genetically modified foods (or GMOs), which now make up a major part of the American diet. Anti-GMO activists are seeking to combat GMOs by pushing for labeling mandates on the state and federal levels. These mandates are being promoted as pro-consumer but their effect will be the opposite by creating greater misinformation. Join us as we examine the history and science of GMOs, their current use and benefits, and why GMO labeling is not only unnecessary but would also do a disservice to consumers.

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


CEI President Lawson Bader
Converting the unconvertible


To the libertarians and conservatives out there trying to get heard in policy debates and gain new adherents, we can agree we’re on to something—we have a winning narrative. It’s intellectual and emotive. It’s about an enterprising society being a peaceful society. It’s about embracing a bit of humility to acknowledge we don’t have answers to every problem and ensuring not every problem be addressed from a bully pulpit.