Legalized Highway Robbery – How the Government can Seize the Property of Innocent Americans

Last week, The Washington Post published “Stop and Seize,” a three-part series chronicling the government’s seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from Americans not charged with a crime.

Asset forfeiture laws are designed to protect the public and deter crime by taking property gained through criminal activity. However, criminals are not the only ones who have their property confiscated. According to The Washington Post, since 2001, police have seized $2.5 billion in cash from people who were never charged with a crime. Law enforcement must retain their ability to prevent criminals from bearing the fruits of …

EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to … »

A Number That Does Not Compute – 706: FCC Preemption Will Cost Taxpayers Millions

ALEC commends former FCC Commissioner and Tennessee regulatory official Deborah Taylor Tate for her principled and reasoned criticisms of current proposals to federally preempting state laws restricting muni broadband networks. The following appeared at the Free State Foundation Blog on September 4, 2014. Most Americans probably do not associate anything … »

The Blue States’ Economic Paradox

Blue states have a problem. Although there are some recently notable exceptions, most vehemently oppose cutting taxes, favoring instead a tax-and-spend or top-down redistribution approach. They require high taxes to finance the pet projects they believe the market is too short-sighted to support, like Solyndra. At the same time, however, … »

ALEC Urges FCC to Respect Federalism, Reject Preemption on Muni Broadband

On August 29, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and twenty state legislators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They called on the FCC to respect principles of constitutional federalism regarding states’ authority over their local governments. State constitutions or state legislatures create and define the powers of county, … »