December 2008, Volume 17, Number 6

How IJ’s Unique Narrative Counters Government Growth

Recent events in the housing and financial sectors prompted me to reread Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs. Higgs shows how throughout American history crisis has served as a catalyst or excuse for government growth and how, once the crisis ends, government does not return to its previous size. Higgs devotes considerable time to examining…

What the Institute for Justice Has Achieved Thanks to Your Investment

What the Institute for Justice Has Achieved Thanks to Your Investment Budget $10,450,000 annual budget 97% of IJ donors who donated $25,000 or more renewed their support (FY 2008) Growth 57 Staff (including 25 Lawyers) 4 Chapters 1 Clinic A Record of Success & Impact 4 U.S. Supreme Court cases litigated since 2002 employing IJ’s…

Taking on FL’s Political Speech Police

One would think that civic groups would be free to discuss important political issues. After all, free political speech is among the foundational principles protected by the First Amendment. But if you live in Florida, you would be woefully wrong. Thankfully, the Institute for Justice is on the case. On October 8, 2008, IJ filed…

IJ Fights on Two Fronts

Thanks to IJ litigation, Colorado has become a major battleground in the fight to free political speech from campaign finance restrictions. Colorado’s laws, like those in many states, tie up speech about issues on the ballot in a dizzying array of legal requirements and burdensome red tape—making it nearly impossible for grassroots groups and nonprofits…

IJ Fights Eminent Domain Scheme

Most local governments would be pleased to have in their city a profitable, tax-paying, unsubsidized, 48-year-old family business that pays its 43 employees an average wage of $24 per hour with full benefits. But not St. Paul, Minn. The St. Paul Port Authority, a development agency tasked with bringing business into St. Paul, is kicking…

Victory for Music Row

After standing up to eminent domain abuse in Nashville, Music Row entrepreneur Joy Ford will not only get to keep her building, she will also receive more and better land to use as parking for her business. A landmark agreement was worked out by IJ between Ford and the developer through private negotiation, not government…

Exposing the CT and OK Interior Design Cartel

IJ delivered a one-two litigation punch to the interior design cartel in September, filing new cases in Connecticut and Oklahoma. These cases join three others we have pursued to defeat a classic cartelization effort being waged nationally by the American Society of Interior Designers. As documented by IJ’s Director of Strategic Research Dick Carpenter in…

New IJ Report Shows How Cartel Is “Designed to Mislead”

Why must state governments stop interior designers like Susan Roberts and Kelly Rinehart from calling themselves interior designers? According to the design cartel that backs these “titling” laws, they are essential to keep people from being “misled.” Only those with a specialized education, and who have both served an apprenticeship and passed an exam are…

Why I Joined IJ’s Four Pillar Society

Even before I started law school at the University of Southern California in 1994, I was a supporter of and contributor to the Institute for Justice. Freedom and liberty were always important values in our house growing up, and they were values that I carried with me into adulthood. When I made the decision to…

Make Tax-Free Gifts From Your IRA

In October 2008, Congress re-authorized a law that allows donors to make tax-free charitable gifts from both traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts.  IRA owners age 70½ and older can transfer up to $100,000 tax-free to charitable organizations like the Institute for Justice (tax ID 52-1744337). If you are 70½ or older and are required…

IJ Earns Important Civil Rights Decision

Earlier this year, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set an important civil rights precedent when it held that government agencies may not escape liability when they interfere with fundamental rights especially when such agencies have no legal power to act. This decision will help protect the constitutional rights of all Americans from the…

IJ Clients Share the Message of Freedom

As you have seen, the Institute for Justice always makes a special effort to put a human face on our issues: to put our clients front and center and let them speak for themselves. That is just the approach we recently took in a collection of videos that we will soon promote nationwide. But before…

Judge Delivers Blow To AZ ‘Clean Elections’ Scheme

IJ’s long-running First Amendment challenge to Arizona’s so-called “Clean Elections” law moved closer to success in October when a federal district judge found a key part of the scheme unconstitutional. Relying on Davis v. FEC, a case the U.S. Supreme Court decided last term, Judge Roslyn O. Silver concluded that “matching funds” provided to taxpayer-funded…

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