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London Whale-Sized Regulations on Wall Street Pay

Financial regulators released a 279-page proposal that would set parameters around how and when Wall Street Executives make their money. The proposal, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, is a five-year project spanning across six regulatory agencies.

05/11/2016
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FDA Overreaches with E-Cigarette Rule

Following the release of the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming rule that would subject e-cigarette manufacturers to potentially devastating regulations, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

05/05/2016
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Comcast Strikes Deals with Samsung and Roku, Leaving FCC in the Dust

For quite some time now, the FCC has been trying to sell the idea of “opening” the set-top box as something innovative and beneficial for consumers. However, on the eve of the proposal’s filing deadline, Comcast and the free market have already moved well beyond the set-top box, into much more innovative territory. In two separate press releases this past Wednesday, Comcast announced new partnerships with Samsung and Roku to allow Xfinity streaming through the two platforms. Such partnerships demonstrate that, while the FCC ruling isn’t even official yet, they will essentially be obsolete on arrival. The set-top box is on its way out, and the market, not the FCC, is providing the alternative.

04/22/2016
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FEC Democrats Crack Down on Conservative Media, Threaten the Free Press

Freedom of the press isn’t so free when government officials vote to punish a filmmaker for distributing a documentary film. Revealing their bias against conservative media, the Democratic commissioners on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted to punish the maker of a film critical of Barack Obama, Dreams of My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception, earlier this year. The film that was distributed free prior to the 2012 election. Yesterday, Republican FEC Commissioner Lee E. Goodman, who has been warning of efforts by her Democratic colleagues to regulate conservative news sites, condemned their votes restricting the filmmaker’s speech, warning that:

04/19/2016
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Regulatory Dark Matter Leaves Congress in the Dark

In an April 19 report, Why Congress Must End Regulation by Guidance Document, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) warns us about the enormous impact of federal agencies’ sub-regulatory “guidance” documents, including a big negative effect on the economy and job creators. These guidelines, which can be as informal as a bulletin or press release, do not undergo formal notice and comment rulemaking procedures and are not legally binding in a strict sense, as the House Oversight Committee has noted. Nonetheless, they are used to make major policy decisions and, according to Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), are “often as effective as regulations in changing behavior due to the weight agencies and courts give them.”

04/19/2016
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Federal Bureaucrats Stick Their Noses Into School Lunches

“School meals matter!” says the USDA’s guide for parents. The content of your child’s plate has been added to the long list of things that, according to the Obama Administration, must be regulated by the federal government. Those who are not convinced by the USDA’s less-than-compelling evidence that the government should dictate the diets of America’s schoolchildren should be prepared to pay a hefty fine. As if Common Core had not done enough damage to our children’s schools, the federal government is now planning to sic its bureaucrats on school cafeterias.

04/11/2016
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FreedomWorks Foundation Blasts Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

Following the U.S. Department of Labor’s promulgation today of a fiduciary rule that will make it more complicated for older Americans to get retirement investment advice, FreedomWorks Foundation Executive Director Curt Levey commented:

04/06/2016
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Generational Theft: The Shadow Progressives

The Fabian socialists over a century and a half ago knew that if their ideas were to spread efficiently, they would have to spread far enough to touch every bring and mortar of the political establishment.

04/05/2016
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Regs on Eggs: Are You Pulling My Leg?

There are few objects more simple and elegant than an egg, but you’d never know that from the Byzantine way the government regulates America’s favorite breakfast food.

04/01/2016
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Mercatus Breaks Down Regulatory Impact by State

We all know that regulations have a big negative impact on the economy, and on the lives of everyday people trying to go about their business. The Code of Federal Regulations currently comprises 175,000 pages in 226 volumes, with over a million individual rules.

03/29/2016

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