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 […]

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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