Cause of Action Joins Amicus Brief in Minority TV v. FCC

Cause of Action has joined an amicus brief filed by the Southeastern Legal Foundation in the case of Minority TV v. FCC calling on the Supreme Court hear a challenge to the rule that political speech on broadcast television deserves less Constitutional protection than political speech in other media.

In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court specifically recognized Cause of Action’s unique and important perspective regarding the critical relationship between political transparency and robust free speech.  Here, Cause of Action strongly believes that the Constitution, and the public interest in good government, both require that political speech, regardless of the medium, should always be given the highest level of First Amendment protection.   Therefore, it has asked the Court to take this case.

13-1124 – Southeastern Legal Foundation Coalition Amici Brief by CitizensUnited

Briefing Book: Keep it in “Park”: How the CPSC is Stretching the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine Beyond the Breaking Point

Keep it in “Park”: How the CPSC is Stretching the
Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine Beyond the Breaking Point
by CauseOfAction

Cause of Action Sues IRS Over Proposed Regulations Affecting Nonprofits

Today Cause of Action took three actions to push back against the IRS’s proposed regulations concerning political activity by nonprofits.

1. A request for the IRS to extend the comment period for its proposed rules affecting 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

2. An Information Quality Act petition challenging the IRS’s paperwork burden estimate for its proposed rules restricting 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

3. A lawsuit seeking for the court to:

 a. Delay the IRS issuing a final rule until the IRS produces responsive records; and

b. Order the IRS to re-open the comment period on the proposed rule after the IRS produces all responsive records.

Cause of Action Executive Director Dan Epstein commented:

“The IRS’ proposed regulation is simply a back door attempt to stifle political opponents, to protect Administration policies, and to restrict and hamper grassroots education regarding the Constitution, limited-government, and economic freedom. We’ve seen a pattern spanning decades of the IRS being used to deter political dissenters and stifle criticism.  The government’s proposed rules continue this pattern and are but one more example of the Executive Branch abusing its administrative power.  Every American is entitled to government transparency and accountability which is why Cause of Action is filing this lawsuit.”

Related Documents: U.S. v. Nancy Black

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Proceeding for Final Sentencing Hearing (January 13, 2014)

Defendant Nancy Black’s Response to the Government’s Sentencing Memorandum (January 8, 2014)

Defendant Nancy Black Sentencing Memorandum (December 30, 2013)

Plea Agreement (April 23, 2013)

Indictment (January 4, 2012)

Related Documents: Rhea Lana’s v. U.S. Department of Labor

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Notice of Appeal to DC Circuit (January 20, 2015)

Memorandum Opinion (November 21, 2014)

Plaintffs’ Memorandum of Points and Authorities in opposition to Defendant’s MTD the Complaint Pursuant to Rules 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6) (June 3, 2014)

Department of Labor’s Motion to Dismiss (April 29, 2014)

Proof of Service DOL (January 14, 2014)

Proof of Service US Attorney General (January 14, 2014)

Proof of Service Civil Process Clerk US Attorney (January 14, 2014)

Complaint (January 6, 2014)

Related Documents: National Archives’ Control of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Documents

On October 3, 2011, Cause of Action requested via FOIA from NARA “all documents, including e-mail communications, memoranda, draft reports, and other relevant information and/or data contained in the records transfer of Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission documents stored at NARA to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at the U.S. House of Representatives.” After exhausting administrative appeals to NARA’s denial of the documents, CoA filed suit in the US District Court against NARA on August 14, 2012. NARA filed a request for a dismissal of the case and Judge Boasberg granted NARA’s request for dismissal on March 1, 2013. CoA appealed the decision on April 29, 2013. The DC Circuit ruled for NARA on May 23, 2014.

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Opinion (May 23, 2014)

Opposition (January 24, 2014)  to NARA’s motion to strike two arguments from the reply brief

Per Curiam Order (January 15, 2014): Consideration of the motion to strike two new arguments be deferred pending oral argument schedule February 19, 2014.

Reply Brief (December 4, 2013)

NARA Appellee’s Brief (November 15, 2013)

Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) (November 22, 2013)

Opening Brief (October 1, 2013)

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Notice of Appeal (April 29, 2013)

Memorandum Opinion (March 1, 2013)

Complaint (August 14, 2012)

FOIA Request to National Archives

NARA Denial of Appeal (February 6, 2012)

NARA Acknowledgement of Appeal (January 10, 2012 )

CoA Appeal (January 5, 2012)

NARA Denial (December 1, 2011)

FOIA Request (October 3, 2011)

House Oversight and Government Reform Request for FCIC Records (February 18, 2011)


Related Documents: Zucker v. CPSC

Craig Zucker’s Case before the CPSC (not represented by CoA)

May 9, 2014: Craig Zucker and CPSC Settlement

Consent Agreement between Craig Zucker and CPSC

United States District Court for the District of Maryland

NFIB adopts U.S. Chamber Amicus Brief (April 11, 2014)

US Chamber Amicus Brief (April 8, 2014)

Response to Government’s Motion to Dismiss (February 28, 2014)

CPSC Motion to Dismiss (January 14, 2014)

CPSC Memo in Support (January 14, 2014)

Complaint (November 12, 2013)

FOIA Request

FOIA Complaint (April 1, 2014)

FOIA Request to CPSC (November 12, 2013)

Petition for Disclosure and Correction in accordance with the Information Quality Act (IQA)

Information Quality Act Appeal (April 14, 2014)

CPSC Response to IQA Petition (January 10, 2014)

Information Quality Act Petition (November 12, 2013)