Charitable Choice in HR 7 is an Unacceptable Price to Pay for Giving Incentives

This week, the House Ways and Means and Judiciary Committees will likely mark up HR 7, the "Community Solutions Act of 2001" which contains a combination of provisions that would provide tax incentives to increase charitable giving and extend federal funding opportunities for religious congregations that wish to mix social service with religious activity.

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Administration Signals Changes to Charitable Choice Prpopsals

The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the legal implications of charitable choice legislation was held last Wednesday (June 6th) in the midst of the switch from Republican to Democratic leadership. The hearing adjourned temporarily as the Senate leadership changed, and when it resumed only Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who is not the chair, was present for the remainder of the hearing.

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OMB Watch Analysis of Charitable Choice Provisions

Full analysis of the Bush Administration's charitable choice initiative.

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NPTalk: File Sharing Among Nonprofits

NPTalk considers some benefits, and costs, around peer-to-peer for organizations.

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Charitable Giving Legislation

OMB Watch has prepared a chart comparing the many tax bills introduced to help charities.

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Text of Proposed Revisions to Campaign Finance Reform Legislation

OMB Watch's proposed campaign finance reform language to protect the advocacy rights of charities.

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Bush Names Faith-Based Director, Announces New Program

Jim Towey takes over the Faith-Based office after a year of false starts and legislative stagnation. One of the administration's original plans, direct government funding of religious institutions' social service work, has proven to be an extremely controversial issue, and has held up legislation that would provide more donations for charities.

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Campaign Finance Comes Back To Life In The House

OMB Watch has urged Reps. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) to strengthen the portion of their bill dealing with exceptions to the ban on broadcast "issue advocacy" during an election cycle. The bill would allow the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to make rules exempting these activities, but does not require the FEC to act.

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Nonprofit Amendments to Campaign Finance Reform Bills

Amendments that would protect nonpartisan communications by charities were recently submitted by OMB Watch to Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-sponsors of campaign finance reform legislation in the House of Representatives (HR 380).

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Court Overturns Ban On Nonprofit Contributions To Federal Candidates

Citing First Amendment considerations, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals distinguished between nonprofits, which serve as vehicles for citizen participation in the political process, and for-profit corporations, which are concerned with "aggregation of capital or the issuance of equity shares."

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