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In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges
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In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges

In the midst of chaotic negotiations between the Senate and the House over the debt ceiling, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had another priority: introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, a new quasi-federalized Internet sales tax.

08/01/2011
Battle Over the Internet Sales Tax Intensifies
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Battle Over the Internet Sales Tax Intensifies

In recent weeks, several states have debated imposing an Internet sales tax on businesses operated within the state. California has already pushed through a new Internet sales tax, with Governor Jerry Brown signing the legislation and hailing it as a ‘tax revenue’ increaser. As with all government actions, there have been some unintended consequences with the new California law; Amazon and O.co have shut down their affiliates based in California, taking thousands of jobs with them.

07/12/2011
Congressman Barton Goes 'All In' for Online Gambling
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Congressman Barton Goes 'All In' for Online Gambling

Last week, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill that would end the federal online gambling ban.  The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011 has nine original cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, including Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) and Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), who have advocated for similar legislation in the past.

06/26/2011
The Fight Has Just Begun: The Internet Sales Tax
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The Fight Has Just Begun: The Internet Sales Tax

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Perry issued his first veto of the year, vetoing HB 2403, an Internet sales tax bill which FreedomWorks opposed. By vetoing HB 2403 Governor Perry has saved taxpayers and business alike from burdensome regulations and new taxes. In vetoing the legislation Perry cited that a key reason for his veto was that there was no consensus between lawmakers, tech experts, consumers and retailers.

06/02/2011
A New Internet Sales Tax in Tennessee?
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A New Internet Sales Tax in Tennessee?

Tennessee lawmakers are pushing SB 0529, which would force Internet retail giant Amazon to collect state sales taxes that would be passed along to consumers. Amazon has threatened not to build planned distribution centers in Tennessee if the measures are put in place; they have already left Illinois, South Carolina and are threatening to leave Texas for similar legislation.

05/17/2011
Stop the Internet Sales Tax
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Stop the Internet Sales Tax

Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are expected to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing your taxes by taxing purchases you make on the internet.  The bill’s name is deceitfully titled the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011 – it is neither main street nor fair. The bill seeks to hurt online retailers and consumers alike, and will suppress internet entrepreneurship and your wallet.

05/06/2011
Still Think an Internet Kill Switch is a Good Idea? Look at Egypt
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Still Think an Internet Kill Switch is a Good Idea? Look at Egypt

Boing Boing has a great article today on the dangers of the proposed internet "Kill Switch." 

01/28/2011
No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time--
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No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time--

Click here for a .pdf version of the paper.   No Wine Shall Be Served Before Its Time— At Least Not Without Wholesalers Taking a Cut

07/21/2010
The FCC: Rhetoric vs. Reality
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The FCC: Rhetoric vs. Reality

The Federal Communications Commission’s new scheme to regulate the internet provides yet another example of a government agency desperately attempting to seize power. This has become such a common occurrence in government operation that it rarely even makes the news anymore. But, this power grab still ought to be treated as an affront to competition and the free market—even if this has become a norm. Below, I have attached the video of Julius Genachowski announcing FCC’s new plan.

06/18/2010
"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists
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"Meet Me In D.C." Video Contest Finalists

Thanks so much to everyone who sent in a video for the contest. We had a number of fantastic entries. Below are the four finalists in no particular order.Please check them out and leave comments about your favorite. We'll announce the winners tomorrow.Thanks again for your participation and don't forget to be in D.C on Saturday! 

09/08/2009

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