More private, less government

Writing at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Pablo Eisenberg laments the loss of full-time newspaper writers covering nonprofits.

I share his concern. But as with most of what Mr. Eisenberg writes, I find fault in his premises.

I’d rather see more thoughtful private critics of nonprofits and less poorly targeted and burdensome government regulation. Mr. Eisenberg […]

The ABA Journal on the Protection of Charitable Assets Act

Here’s a December 1, 2011 article in the ABA Journal on the Protection of Charitable Assets Act (POCAA) that I missed until just now. It quotes Free Speech Coalition legal co-counsel (and world-class lawyer) Mark Weinberg and yours truly criticizing POCAA.

I think the premise of the piece, which first represents the side of the […]

Bullying statists are ruining private philanthropy

That’s the title of my piece up at American Thinker. Here’s a clip:

“One of the ways charity regulators violate laws, private property rights, and the Constitution is through their investigations of charities and other nonprofit organizations. Using investigations, charity regulators are able to intimidate charities and silence critics of government. In the 1950s and […]

What irresponsible law would exempt government charity from reporting and compliance?

Another politician, another charity scam.

As reported in The Washington Post: “Harry Thomas Jr. resigned Thursday night, hours after he became the first sitting D.C. Council member to be charged with a felony, when federal prosecutors accused him of embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns.”

With all the charity […]

You can do more harm than good being nice responding to charity regulator requests and investigations

As a rule, it’s safe to say the overwhelming majority of people in the charitable sector have good intentions, right?

What about charity regulators? Well, even if we presume their good intentions (and I’ll defer to your judgment for today’s purposes), too many of them act as if the rule of law doesn’t fully apply […]

Permits, Audits and Comeuppance

At American Thinker, I write about a First Amendment issue involving rally permits. The piece was prompted by the City of Richmond’s issuing an audit letter to the Richmond Tea Party. The Tea Party demanded a refund of money it paid for a daytime rally permit after the Tea Party learned that Occupy Richmond was […]

Power Corrupts–Even at Charities

Paul Clolery has an excellent piece at Huffington Post about the recent death of William Aramony and the Penn State scandal. He writes:

“Aramony was the center of the United Way sex and finance scandal during the 1990s and for a quarter-century was the punchline for charity officials going off the rails.”

“The Penn State […]

Charity Regulators and the Menace of Regulating Online Activity

Recently I took an online webinar about state regulations of online fundraising. People could opt to listen in to the webinar via telephone.

The webinar was taught by two state charity regulators, which I found disappointing because the presentation was so one-sided and incomplete. The regulators in the webinar are lawyers in the attorney general […]

First Circuit Reminds Nonprofits That Citizens United Did Not Free Them

Nonprofits believing the Citizens United case freed them to engage in expressly advocating election or defeat of candidates need to be careful.

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld both Maine and Rhode Island statutes requiring nonprofit organizations to register as political action committees when engaging in express advocacy about electing or defeating candidates.

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