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 […]

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 […]

Are Charity Regulator Investigations of 9/11 Charities Illegal?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covers the Associated Press report that New York and Arizona are investigating 9/11 charities that may have failed to “keep promises to create memorials or contribute to 9/11 causes.”

AP reports that “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said state lawyers are conducting their own ‘broad review’ of 9/11 charities […]