March 20 roundup

  • “Lawyer Who Spotted Broker Fraud Rewarded With SEC Ordeal” [Business Week via Bader]
  • Reactions to the feds’ antitrust case against e-book publishers and Apple [Yglesias, Wright, Stoll, more]
  • NYT retrospectively backs Nixon efforts to deny tax exemption to lefty groups, or maybe ire at tea party adversaries just makes the paper less than consistent [Caron, background, more]
  • House Judiciary testimony on the evils of consent decrees binding the government to pursue regulation in certain ways [Andrew Grossman]
  • “Law Firm Claims It Had No Control Over $464 Mln Fee Request” [WSJ Law Blog]
  • “California’s ethnic identity police” [Mickey Kaus]
  • Role, economic incentives of special masters in litigation overdue for reformist attention [Ted/PoL]


  • On the “ethnic identity police”: I would hope that we elect our officials on the basis of their views and qualifications rather than on their heritage. This law makes more problems than it solves.

  • I don’t think there’s a Vast Leftwing Consipiracy to deny tax-exempt status to Tea Party 501(c)3 groups. There’s a great deal of fraud with phony educational non-profits and AFAIK all receive scrutiny. The one I was involved with, which was fairly non-conversational (pet bunny rescue!) certainly got audited and was made to fill out a great deal of paperwork.

  • Robert, you’re free to believe as you like, but from what I’ve read and heard, the percentage of conservative leaning groups who have been put under extreme scrutiny by the IRS to question their tax-exempt status is FAR greater than the percentage of those which are liberal leaning.