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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Campaign finance after Citizen's United


Campaign Finance after 
Citizens United: What Happened? What Now?

Three years ago the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United. Later, lower courts followed Citizens United in deciding SpeechNow v. Federal Election Commission, the legal foundation for Super PACs. The nation has now experienced mid-term and president elections governed by these decisions. This conference will examine the consequences of Citizens United. Did anything change? Our experts will then turn toward the future and ask what policies should be enacted (or not) in light of experience and Supreme Court doctrine.
9:00–10:30 a.m. - Panel 1: After Citizens United: Did Elections Change?

Moderator: John Samples
Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute

Robert Bauer
Partner, Perkins Coie
Former Counsel to the President
General Counsel, Obama for America 2012

Bradley Smith
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School
Former Commissioner, Federal Election Commission

Ray LaRaja
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Keep Food Legal

Us at Wed., 12/12 Washington, DC Happy Hour to Help Launch Our New Tax-Deductible Sister Organization

KFLF temporary logo
Keep Food Legal is thrilled to announce the formation of Keep Food Legal Foundation, our new charitable sister organization.
Keep Food Legal Foundation will allow for an expansion of Keep Food Legal's existing efforts in the areas of education and research by providing access to important new revenue streams--including public charities, private foundations, and other grantmakers; corporations; and individual donors of all types who, like many of you, seek to make tax-deductible, charitable contributions to causes you support.
To celebrate the launch of Keep Food Legal Foundation and the coming holidays, we're holding a happy hour on Wednesday, December 12, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Woodward Table in downtown Washington, DC. We'll be accepting donations to the new Keep Food Legal Foundation (optional) at the happy hour.
Washingtonian describes the new Woodward Table's happy hour as "rollicking." The bar menu features more than a dozen favJoin orites.
What: Happy hour launching the new Keep Food Legal Foundation
When: Wednesday, December 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
"With food crackdowns, bans, taxes, and other restrictions increasing in prevalence, there has never been a more important time than right now to support research and education in the area of food freedom," says Keep Food Legal Foundation executive director Baylen Linnekin. "And with the end of the individual tax year, there has never been a better time to consider contributing to the cause of food freedom."
If you can't make it to Wednesday's happy hour, you may still mail a check made out to "Keep Food Legal Foundation" at the following address:
Keep Food Legal Foundation
3509 Connecticut Ave. NW, #1009
Washington, DC 20008
Please note that while we'll be updating our website soon, our website is only configured currently to accept donations to Keep Food Legal--which are not tax deductible--and not to Keep Food Legal Foundation.
More Information
Keep Food Legal is a tax-exempt organization under IRS § 501(c)(4), and is incorporated as a nonprofit under Washington, DC law. Donations to § 501(c)(4) groups, including Keep Food Legal, are not tax deductible under IRS § 170(c)(2).
Keep Food Legal Foundation has filed Form 1023 with the I.R.S. seeking tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) public charity, and is incorporated as a nonprofit under Washington, DC law. Charitable § 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions, to the fullest extent of the law, in accordance with IRS § 170.
"While an organization’s Form 1023 is waiting for approval from the IRS, the organization may operate as a tax-exempt organization," says the I.R.S. "Although donors have no assurance that contributions are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes until the application is approved, contributions made while an application is pending would qualify if the application is approved."
Note: The purpose of this information is to provide general information only about Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation. Keep Food Legal and Keep Food Legal Foundation do not provide legal or tax advice. We urge you to check with your tax and legal advisors when planning your charitable giftmaking.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

End taxation without representation

Libertarians of the District of Columbia metropolitan area: End taxation without representation


WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Peacefully grant the District of Columbia to withdraw from the United States of America and become independent

As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
"...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..."
Created: Nov 13, 2012
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-district-columbia-withdraw-united-states-america-and-become-independent/5JvXNC3h

The Future of Liberty: How the Election Results Affect Young Professionals

The Future of Liberty: How the Election Results Affect Young Professionals