Category Archives: 2012 election

Q&A on the IRS tax exemption controversy

Q. What is the main scandal? Tax-exempt 501(c)4s, organized to promote “social welfare,” spent $254,279,733 to influence the 2012 election, despite an IRS regulation that “The promotion of social welfare does not include direct or indirect participation or intervention in … Continue reading

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let’s hear from the Tea Party 501(c)4s

Newt Gingrich tells NPR, “a [House] subcommittee … should invite every single tea party, conservative, patriot group that was messed over by the IRS — every single one of them — to come in and testify, so that they build … Continue reading

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youth voting declined in 2012

(Washington, DC) After the Census Current Population Survey November Supplement data became available this week, we calculated final estimates of young people’s voting in the 2012 election. Please see this new fact sheet for detailed results. In short, the story … Continue reading

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new information on youth voting in 2012

For national stats on the 2012 youth turnout, CIRCLE is a good place to start. But here are two important specialized studies by colleagues: 1. The California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis finds “dramatic disparities in voter turnout rates” … Continue reading

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the new manipulative politics: behavioral economics, microtargeting, and the choice confronting Organizing for Action

In the era of digital networks, you can enable waves of innovation and creativity by inviting people to form their own groups and contribute their own tools and culture. In the era of digital networks, you can also manipulate masses … Continue reading

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me on Morning Edition, talking about young people and the Republican Party

I wrote yesterday’s long post about the Republicans’ youth problem after taping an interview with NPR’s Don Gonyea. He was working on a March 1 “Morning Edition” story. The audio is here, and these were my key points: For two … Continue reading

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youth opinions of immigration policy

(from an airplane) Last week, CIRCLE released our analysis of young people’s views of the immigration debate. The headline was not surprising. Only 8% of young adults chose immigration as their top issue in 2012, but those young people were … Continue reading

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what did young voters know and understand in 2012?

Many people assume that young adults are not prepared to vote knowledgeably. Only 24% of 12th graders scored at the “proficient” level on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in civics. But, as CIRCLE explains in a … Continue reading

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how conservatives can reclaim the civic ideal

In constructing a position for one’s own side, one must always debunk a caricature of the opposition. That seems to be an iron law of political rhetoric. Thus I don’t take it too seriously or complain too strongly when Yuval … Continue reading

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the battle within the GOP

On Sept. 20, I told Lee-Anne Goodman of the Canadian Press (the national wire service of Canada): “Trying to interpret why a party lost a campaign is always a blood sport, in every country, and anyone pushing an ideological agenda … Continue reading

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