freedom of association

Second Amendment advocates sue in Colorado to protect First Amendment rights

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Increasingly, liberal groups — under the guise of “watchdog” or “ethics reform” organizations — are going after First Amendment protections; namely, freedom of speech and freedom of association.

Harry Reid and his Democratic colleagues attempted and failed to repeal a portion of the First Amendment in late summer that would allow Congress to heavily regulate protected political speech. The move was seen mostly as a campaign ploy in an attempt to hold the Senate and gained little traction in public discourse.

But liberals routinely explore other avenues when attempting to silence political opponents. One such effort is publishing donor lists of political enemies, which discourages some individuals from making contributions for fear of public retribution. Take, for instance, the firing of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich based on his financial support for California’s Proposition 8, which codified marriage in the Golden State as a union between one man and one woman.

As UL noted in August, political dissent equals hatred as it pertains to the Left. You see, it wasn’t a decade ago that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama shared Eich’s position on marriage. And though polls suggest a gradual trend in support for gay marriage, it has become politically uncouth to oppose it publicly.

Big Labor opposes Uber, Lyft — except when it can get drivers to unionize

Private Driver Unionization

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” goes the old saying, and Big Labor may be taking that advice to heart.

Last week, taxicab drivers in Washington, D.C. decided to tie up traffic in the nation’s capital at the encouragement of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest unions in the U.S. Hundreds of drivers took to the streets, refusing to pick up would-be customers, and causing a massive headache for lunch hour travelers throughout downtown.

One could understand how this tactic might backfire in the most congested metropolitan area in the country, so Big Labor is trying a different tactic in cities like Los Angeles and Seattle.

It’s very clear ride-sharing companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are here to stay, despite what government regulators may try to do to stamp them out. So labor unions like the Teamsters and AFL-CIO want their piece of the pie.

BuzzFeed reports on attempts to organize Uber drivers in Seattle:

In some cities, Uber drivers themselves have started to organize.

In Seattle, hundreds of Uber drivers have successfully formed an association with the help of the local Teamsters union, for instance. According to Daniel Ajema, a representative for the association, it took a year before they could even wrangle enough drivers together to talk about an association.

Working outside the strict regulation on taxi drivers in many cities, Uber has succeeded on its ease of use, convenience, technological innovation, and competitive pricing.

Former IRS Officer Drafted Secret Regulations Restricting Non-Profits in 2012

After President Barack Obama defended his administration’s handling of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservatives, an email sent from Treasury official Ruth Madrigal to then IRS official Lois Lerner obtained by the House Committee on Ways and Means, indicated the former official’s intentions to change 501(c)(4) regulations without disclosing the move.

The “off-plan” to which the email referred to was planned in 2012, while conservative groups were being directly targeted by the IRS. According to The Daily Caller, the rules thought out by Lerner restrict the political activity of conservative groups by keeping non-profit associations from being free to participate in several political activities.  The “off-plan” changed what the IRS sees as “candidate-related political activity,” placing previously acceptable activities like voter registration drives under the political activity category, thus not recommended for 501(c)(4)’s.

Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) had harsh words regarding Lois Lerner and her off-the-record plan during the House committee meeting that disclosed the contents of the email.

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