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CEI Today: CEI sues EPA, Comcast/TWC merger draws conservative opposition, and new bill on genetically engineered food 

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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CEI Sues EPA Over Stonewalling Records Request

The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to compel the agency to produce text messages sent by government officials, as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “This lawsuit challenges, yet another in a pattern of EPA, moves to block access to public records,” said CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner. > Read more

> Related: Administration’s Lack of Transparency Extends to States; The Independence Institute Reports New Findings

> Interview Chris Horner


Forbes: Why Organized Conservative Opposition To The Comcast Time Warner Deal Misfires

Left-wing commentators note how some on the political right “see the merger as a chance to score points against the Obama administration, which has close ties with top Comcast execs Brian Roberts and David Cohen.” The conservative anti-merger letter gives credence to the left-wing view that capitalism and economic freedom are inimical to civil society and the diffusion of ideas, when they are in fact the prerequisites.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS - GREGORY CONKO Pompeo-Butterfield Food Labeling Bill: Valuable But Needs Work

Wednesday, Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) introduced a bill to establish federal standards for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

By explicitly preempting state labeling laws and making clear that FDA policy on GE food labeling is the law of the land, H.R. 4432 would serve an extremely valuable function.

Unfortunately, in order to attract support for this perfectly reasonable preemption measure, H.R. 4432 offers GE skeptics the enticement of increasing the FDA’s regulatory power.
> Read more

> Interview Gregory Conko

Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk

CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
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CEI Podcast for April 9, 2014: A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk




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CEI’s Iain Murray Wins Second Place at
Brexit Prize Competition in London

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A Moral Defense of Capitalism
Interview with Devout humanist, Catholic priest, and social justice advocate Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute.



ALG - FOIA requests Commerce Dept. legal authority to turn over Internet 


March 27, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) requesting the legal basis for its plans to transition control over the Internet to some as of yet unnamed international body.

The FOIA request includes "All records relating to legal and policy analysis developed by or provided to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that support its decision to 'transition key internet domain name functions,' including any analysis showing whether the NTIA has the legal authority to perform the transition."

On March 23, L. Gordon Crovitz reported in the Wall Street Journal that "a spokesman for the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration said the agency reviewed this legal issue and concluded the administration can act without Congress but refused to share a copy of the legal analysis [emphasis added]."

"The American people have a right to know why and on what legal basis, if any, the Commerce Department believes it has the power to transition control over key Internet domain name functions to an international body or to anyone else without a vote in Congress," Americans for Limited Government Nathan Mehrens stated.

To view online:


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), March 27, 2014 at


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CEI Today: Obama executive order, gov't secrecy, EPA vs the states, and more

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Forbes: 15,177 U.S. Executive Orders: President Barack Obama's Not The Only One With A Pen And Phone


It’s well known that President Obama pledges to use his “pen” and “phone” to implement a “year of action” with or without Congress.

There is some inexactness involved 
but the table I’ve assembled below reckons a total, overall, of 15,177 as of year-end 2013 (officially we’re at 13,659). Highlighting executive orders matters because decrees or fiats issued in a limited government context have different implications than executive orders in the activist government context that prevails now. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


> See also: CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation


DC Transparency Crisis: Big Government and Big Secrecy

Judicial Watch announced it will host a panel discussion: "DC Transparency Crisis: Big Government and Big Secrecy." Panelists include Mark Tapscott, Executive Editor of the Washington Examiner; Christopher C. Horner, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute; and Daniel Epstein, Executive Director at Cause of Action.

Wednesday, March 19, Time: 2-3:30 pm ET
Washington, DC > Event info

> Interview Christopher Horner


EPA BUMPS THE STATES - WILLIAM YEATMAN Which Sovereign Merits Judicial Deference When State & Federal Governments Conflict under the Clean Air Act’s Cooperative Federalism Arrangement?

The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to resolve a dispute involving a Clean Air Act regulation known as Regional Haze. Its purpose is to improve visibility at national parks and federal wilderness areas. Because it is an aesthetic regulation—and not a public health regulation—Congress delegated an unusually high degree of authority to the States relative to the EPA. But EPA since 2009 has taken over 11 visibility programs from the States. The plight of one of these States — Oklahoma - is at issue in this legal dispute. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


CAR DEALERSHIP PUNKS UNION - TREY KOVACS Car Dealership Takes Advantage of Union Tactics

In Kansas, a car dealership has been able to capitalize on the bad public relations Big Labor has thrown its way. According to The Wichita Eagle:


the United Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America Local 201 began a standard protest outside Subaru of Wichita last week with a “Shame on Subaru of Wichita” sign legally placed on the highway right-of-way in front of the dealership.

Interestingly, the dealership turned the unwanted attention into advertising ploy. Next to the union sign reading, “Shame on Subaru of Wichita,” the dealership erected a sign exclaiming, “For Having Unbeatable Prices.”. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs




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Zac Bookman, Co-founder and CEO of OpenGov, explains how his citizen-friendly web platform is making government budgets, tax, and spending data accessible online, and why politicians and municipal managers are taking to it eagerly.

CEI Podcast for March 12, 2014: CEI Turns 30

The Competitive Enterprise Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith reflects on CEI’s accomplishments and what the next 30 years will hold.




CEI Today: Chemical spill, EPA secret emails, and union agenda on minimum wage 

Friday, February 14, 2014
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CHEMICAL SPILL - ANGELA LOGOMASINI TSCA Reform Won’t Reduce Chemical Spill Risks

The January 9 chemical spill in West Virginia, which temporarily contaminated the Charleston drinking water supply, has rekindled a debate related to federal chemical regulation. Clearly, this case — and another spill that occurred this week in West Virginia — demonstrates the failure to properly implement the many emergency planning and prevention laws and programs already on the books. And this is a problem that state regulators and policymakers there need to address. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

> Follow Safe Chemical Policy on Twitter


Latest Senate Report Supports CEI Findings: EPA Officials Continue to Use Secret Email Accounts

Thursday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works released a report affirming the widespread use of private email accounts among senior Environmental Protection Agency officials, findings first revealed in a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and related litigation. The report raises serious concerns about the EPA’s compliance with FOIA and congressional oversight requests, and about the EPA Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) previous investigation into the issue. > Read more


> Interview Chris Horner


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MINIMUM WAGE - TREY KOVACS Union Support for Minimum and Living Wage Laws Based on Self-Interest

Across the country, labor unions advocate for increases in the minimum wage, along with proposals to create “living wage” laws. Unions publicly argue that these wage laws are imperative to preserve the middle class and lifting low-wage workers out of poverty. 
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

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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,, and blogs, and  Follow CEI on Twitter!




AFPNH - Spending Spotlight 

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Live Free or Die,

Greg Moore
State Director
Americans for Prosperity - New Hampshire