Bright Lines Project in the News

2016

Lisa Gilbert and Emily Peterson-Cassin, IRS Commish Impeachment is Only About Making Headlines, The Hill, (September 15, 2016), bit.ly/2cbeZkY

Brendan Fischer, IRS Gives Up, Grants Karl Rove's Dark Money Group "Social Welfare" Certification, PRWatch, (February 10, 2016), bit.ly/1XlrcFQ

Paul C. Barton, Confusion Over Judging Political Activity Still Reigns at IRS, Tax Analysts, (February 8, 2016), bit.ly/1TeChZY


2015

Michael Beckel, Tea Party Groups See Win in End-of-Year Omnibus Bill, Center for Public Integrity, (December 21, 2015), bit.ly/1KHRD6C

Michael Beckel, Secret donors fuel Democratic political powerhouse, Center for Public Integrity, (November 18, 2015), http://bit.ly/1PBZWCj

Larry Ottinger, Limit Undisclosed Partisan Spending, Washington Post, (November 6, 2015), http://wapo.st/1O1rs94

Bright Lines Project, Comments to IRS Offer Spectrum of Substantiveness as New Nonprofit Political Activity Rules are Anticipated, Citizen Vox, (November 5, 2015), http://bit.ly/1Y299VM

Greg Colvin, IRS Commissioner Hints at Timing for New Political Regulations, Summarizes Thousands of Public Comments, Nonprofit Law Matters, (October 29, 2015), http://bit.ly/1SlxSBn

Henry Geller, Dark Money is the IRS's Real Problem, Washington Post, (October 11, 2015), http://wapo.st/1LOdUgj

Bright Lines Project, Who You Gonna Call? (To Testify at Your Congressional Hearing), Citizen Vox, (September 8, 2015), http://bit.ly/1LVOLQx

Lisa Gilbert, Secret Money Will Continue to Influence Elections Without Clearer IRS Rules, Roll Call, (August 12, 2015), http://bit.ly/1JcIAJX

Lisa Gilbert, When Nonprofits Funnel Campaign Money, NY Times, (July 31, 2015), http://nyti.ms/1EhueWK

Sylvan Lane, Ted Cruz Presses Commissioner on IRS Targeting, Dallas Morning News, (July 29, 2015), http://bit.ly/1JtvnWY

Colin Diersing, Watchdogs say more oversight of IRS needed as it investigates nonprofits, LA Times, (July 23, 2015), http://lat.ms/1HVK70Q

Paul C. Barton, Abolish the Tax Code? What Happens to 501(c)s?, Tax Notes (July 6, 2015), http://bit.ly/1PPOQ9E

Bright Lines Project, Amid Crises and Distractions, IRS Rulemaking Moves Steadily Onward, Citizen Vox, (June 15, 2015), http://bit.ly/1VaKxtE

Bright Lines Project, On Clarifying IRS Rules for Nonprofits, Sen, Hatch Takes Bold Stand on Both Sides of Issue, Citizen Vox, (June 15, 2015), http://bit.ly/1dZHdA1

Lisa Gilbert, Encouraging Signs on New Rules for Nonprofit Political Activity, The Hill, (June 1, 2015), http://bit.ly/1GgpalL

Nicholas Confessore, IRS Seeks to Define Political Activity for Nonprofits, New York Times, (May 22, 2015), http://nyti.ms/1M4LvkH

Matea Gold, Big Money in Politics Emerges as a Rising Issue in 2016 Campaign, Washington Post, (April 19, 2015), http://wapo.st/1Oy00O0

Hillary Flynn and Rachel Bade, IRS May Broaden Rule to Police Political Nonprofits, Politico, (March 18, 2015), http://politi.co/1I0JoNc

Creative Solutions to Reduce the Influence of Money in Politics, Democracy Fund http://bit.ly/1NXBpY9

Michael Wyland, IRS Chief Filibusters Political Regulations For nonprofits, Nonprofit Quarterly, (February 5, 2015). http://bit.ly/1QFbgt9

Emily Peterson-Cassin, Is the IRS Ready for Some Football?, Roll Call, (February 2, 2015). http://bit.ly/1u2fpSB

Staff, Unlikely Allies Agree: Clearer IRS Rules Needed, Truth Out, (February 2, 2015). http://bit.ly/1QFbyA7

Adelle M. Banks, Religious and Secular Advocates Urge IRS to Clarify Rules on Political Endorsements from the Pulpit, Religion News Service, (January 29, 2015). http://bit.ly/1Ci0VAU

Shane Goldmacher, Buying a Nominee, National Journal, (January 29, 2015). http://bit.ly/1KkBe5r

Robert Maguire, In the Garden of Dark Money, the Thorny Case of Rosebush Corp, Opensecrets.org, (January 22, 2015). http://bit.ly/1Ci0VAU

Julie Patel, IRS Rarely Audits Nonprofits for Politicking, The Center for Public Integrity, (January 22, 2015). http://bit.ly/1BMCZ8A

Theodoric Meyer, New IRS Rules On Dark Money Likely Won’t be Ready Before 2016 Election, Propublica.org, (January 5, 2015). http://bit.ly/1FanxFD




2014

Money and Politics: The Most Undercovered Stories of 2014, Moyers and Company, (December 31, 2014), http://bit.ly/1zOjx5n

Larry Kaplan, Charity Regulation by the IRS Wanes Placing Nonprofits at Risk, Non-Profit Quarterly, (December 18, 2014), http://bit.ly/1z40KT8

Reity O'Brien, Secretive Nonprofits Flourished –and Succeeded-in 2014 State Elections, Center for Public Integrity, (December 17, 2014), http://bit.ly/1qZVxhu

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, 14 Things We Learned About money In Politics in 2014, Brennan Center for Justice, (December 16, 2014), http://bit.ly/1B14Q5C

Rachel Bade, Charities Risked Tax-Exempt Status With Political Ads, Center for Public Integrity, (December 15, 2014), http://bit.ly/1DB2xa4

Bill Schambra and Lisa Gilbert, Schambra & Gilbert: Rules Need Clear Cut Revisions, Battle Creek Enquirer, (December 6, 2014), http://bcene.ws/1KkA9KU

Eliza Newlin Carney, Fresh Round of Controversies for IRS, CQ Roll Call, (December 2, 2014), http://bit.ly/1zMI8sj

Kathleen Sharp, America’s Dark Money disaster: Why We Need Donor ID Laws Now, Salon, (November 23, 2014), http://bit.ly/1KQE7ZK

Michael Beckel, Obama Can Turn Out the Lights on Dark Money, Public Integrity, (November 20, 2014), http://bit.ly/1HWVRQg

Editors, Obama Can Turn Out the Lights on Dark Money, Bloomberg View, (November 19, 2014), http://bv.ms/11icjwc

Joseph Tanfani, Kentucky ‘Dark Money’ Group Grew Rapidly in 2014 Election Cycle, LA Times, (November 19, 2014), http://lat.ms/1GuWvty

Robert Maguire, Latest Candidate Must-Have: Your Very Own Dark Money Group, Center for Responsive Politics, (November 10, 2014), http://bit.ly/1Miv5VQ

Editorial Board, Politics' Dark Age, Philly, (November 6, 2014), http://bit.ly/1FELmRd

Lisa Gilbert, After Midterms, Driving Toward Solutions to Our Dark Money Problem, The Hill, (November 4, 2014), http://bit.ly/1FLES23

Michael Hiltzik, How the IRS ‘Scandal’ Put America Democracy Up for Sale: A Case Study, LA Times, (November 3, 2014), http://lat.ms/1G7f03P

PR Watch Admin, CMD Files IRS Complaint Against Wisconsin Club for Growth, PR Watch, (October 24, 2014), http://bit.ly/1zAgRh4

Emily Peterson-Cassin, On Dark Money, a Glimmer of Hope from the IRS, Citizen Vox, (October 23, 2014), http://bit.ly/1HiZh3U

Joseph Tanfani, Unprecedented Amount of ‘Dark Money’ Fuels Midterm Races, LA Times, (October 18, 2014), http://lat.ms/1JDlY2U

Jeffrey Dorfman, Campaign Spending Freedom Is Great For Speech and The Advertising-Media Sector, Forbes, (October 16, 2014), http://onforb.es/1HWYG3C

Paul Blumenthal, How Will Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Stay Within The Law in 2014?, Huffington Post, (October 8, 2014), http://huff.to/1G7g4os

Chronicle of Philanthropy, Poll: Most Voters Back Tight Rules on Nonprofit Politicking, Chronicle of Philanthropy, (October 1, 2014), http://bit.ly/1vuB3uP

Rachel Bade, Poll: Voters Back Clearer Nonprofit Political Rules, Politico Morning Tax, (September 30, 2014), http://politico.pro/1pJiWws

Leah McGrath Goodman, As Dark Money Floods US Elections, Regulators Turn a Blind Eye, Newsweek, (September 30, 2014), http://bit.ly/YNHXAD

Carl Hulse, Support Strong for Regulating Politics and Nonprofits, New York Times, (September 30, 2014), http://nyti.ms/1xHf8EY

Howard Gleckman, The Public Wants Clear Rules About Campaign Giving Through Tax-Exempts. Is it Possible?, Forbes, (September 30, 2014), http://onforb.es/10lqEbe

Bernie Becker, Poll: Voters Support Stronger Nonprofit Rules, The Hill, (September 30, 2014), http://bit.ly/1nSRgLk

Lisa Gilbert, Across the Aisle, Voters are Speaking, the IRS Should Listen, The Hill, (September 25, 2014), http://bit.ly/1tl01dn

Palmer Gibbs, Transparency Advocates Look at "The Price We Pay for Money's Influence On Politics", Sunlight Foundation, (September 17, 2014), http://bit.ly/1wEpmp3

Emily Peterson-Cassin, Bright Line Rules for Nonprofits Can Bring Dark Money Into the Light, CitizenVox, (July 23, 2014), http://bit.ly/1tzUOk2

Lisa Gilbert, IRS Funding Controversy Overlooks Real Solutions, The Hill, (July 9, 2014), http://bit.ly/1r8Iw1t

Josh Hicks, Conservatives Not Swayed by Plan to Revise IRS Proposed Nonprofit Rule, Washington Post, (April 16, 2014), http://wapo.st/1eDSuVS

Lisa Gilbert, Rising above the Partisan Fray, Most Organizations Call for IRS Rulemaking to Continue, Huffington Post, (April 10, 2014), http://huff.to/R62tsY

Larry Ottinger, IRS Should Take the Middle Ground on Nonprofit Politicking, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, (March 18, 2014), http://bit.ly/Q9yQWt

Emily Peterson-Cassin, IRS Should Keep Eye on the Goal, The Hill, (February 27, 2014), http://bit.ly/1gd0hbT

Diana Aviv and Lisa Gilbert, Regulating the "Dark Money" of Politics, New York Times, (February 24, 2014), http://nyti.ms/PUFj7S




2013

Fredreka Schouten and Gregory Korte, Voter Registration Could Be Curtailed Under IRS Rule , Washington Post, (December 24, 2013), http://usat.ly/19QAfKK

Diana Aviv & Gary Bass, Treasury and IRS rules on nonprofits’ political activity miss the mark , Washington Post, (December 13, 2013), http://wapo.st/18UWahp

Bright Lines Project, Our First Reaction to Proposed Regulations from IRS/Treasury on Tax-Exempt Political Campaign Activity (December 6, 2013), http://wapo.st/18UWahp

Diana Aviv & Gary Bass, IRS Plan on Nonprofit Political Work Undermines Democracy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, (December 3, 2013), http://bit.ly/IPKVMY

Matea Gold, New IRS Rules Add both Clarity and Confusion About the Role of Advocacy Groups in Politics, Washington Post, (November 28, 2013), http://wapo.st/18UWahp

Tom Halloran, Tax reform: Bright Line at the End of the Tunnel, The Hill, (November 27, 2013), http://bit.ly/KavZJz

Gary Bass & Tom Halloran, Leaders Fight for Clear, Fair Political Activity Rules, NonProfit Times, (November 26, 2013), http://bit.ly/1fGCYYA

Nicholas Confessore New Rules Would Rein In Nonprofits’ Political Role , New York Times, (November 26, 2013), http://nyti.ms/1ac1o5m

U.S. Treasury Press Release Treasury, IRS Will Issue Proposed Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations , NonProfit Times, (November 26, 2013), http://bit.ly/1a16PTy

Brian Faler, Tax Reform’s Status: Heard the Latest Rumors?, Politico, (September 25, 2013), http://politi.co/1b99w92

Robert A.G. Monks, For the Public Good? Nonprofits and Political Donations, Huffington Post, (September 25, 2013), http://huff.to/19IYqV4

Tom Halloran, Defining Nonprofit Political Activity Through Bright Lines and Safe Harbors, The Hill, (September 20, 2013), http://bit.ly/15cis8Y

Michael Wyland, Hudson Institute Panel Pessimistic on IRS Nonprofit Regulation, NonProfit Quarterly, (September 19, 2013), http://bit.ly/1aZaiIQ

Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, Jesus Voted Against Your Sins, The American Prospect, (August 22, 2013), http://bit.ly/13IX9Ao

Mark Hrywna, Political Free Speech Report Sparks Disagreement, The NonProfit Times (August 16, 2013), http://bit.ly/17YBEHL

Eliza Newlin Carney, Blame the IRS or Fix it? Rules of the Game, CQ Roll Call (July 23, 2013), http://bit.ly/13wNDtq

Gregory L. Colvin, Bright Lines Project Submits Legislation to Congress to Fix Tax Law on Political Activity, Nonprofit Law Matters (July 16, 2013), http://bit.ly/19LvLng

Gary D. Bass and Gregory L. Colvin, Finding Congressional Solutions to the IRS Scandal, CQ Roll Call, (June 14, 2013), http://bit.ly/14wlMB7

Lisa Gilbert, It’s Time for the SEC to Regulate Political Spending By Public Companies, Yahoo! Finance News (June 12, 2013), http://yhoo.it/1e9mDpQ

Alex Gauthier, Bright Lines Project: a Nonpartisan Solution to IRS Targeting, Money Talks, (June 11, 2013), http://bit.ly/14gJYog

Gregory L. Colvin, In the Bright Lines Project Proposal, is There a Place for ‘Facts and Circumstances? Response to Bob Bauer and others, More Soft Money Hard Law, (June 3, 2013), http://bit.ly/18Q2HLN

Ellen P. Aprill and Lisa Gilbert, Fixing the IRS: Clarify the Rules on Political Involvement, (June 3, 2013), http://bit.ly/13Z1Dwn

Ezra Reese, Can ‘Bright Lines’ Improve IRS Performance on Political Activity? Perkins Coie, LLC, (May 31, 2013), http://bit.ly/15u2M2U

Bob Bauer, IRS and ‘Bright Lines’ More Soft Money Hard Law, (May 28, 2013) http://bit.ly/19vGfag

Ellen P. Aprill, IRS and Scrutiny: Reviewing Review/Commentary, Roll Call, (May, 23 2013), http://bit.ly/11K1mAA

Gary D. Bass and Elizabeth J. Kingsley, Nonprofits need better guidance on tax-exempt standards, Washington Post, (May 23, 2013), http://wapo.st/13kKnpN