• IRS harassment was not limited to "tea party" organizations, and began earlier than many believe Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today emphasized that Internal Revenue Service harassment of groups advocating for limited government extends as far back as early 2010, and includes organizations exclusively dedicated to protecting constitutional rights, including the 1851 Center. In its May 20, 2010 response to the 1851 Center's application for tax-exempt status, the IRS demands that, in order to receive approval of its application, the 1851 Center must: "Please explain in detail your organization's involvement with the Tea Party." The 1851 Center explained that it provides legal representation to Ohioans whose constitutional rights have been aggrieved, including tea party organizations and members,

  • 1851 Center argues that state taxpayers maintain standing to challenge the constitutionality of Corporate Welfare Columbus, OH - The Supreme Court of Ohio heard arguments on January 23 to determine the extent to which Ohioans may take legal action to force state government to comply with constitutional spending, indebtedness, and corporate welfare constraints. The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has spearheaded the litigation, briefing and arguing the merits of the position that the Ohio Constitution demands broad access to the courts for taxpayers seeking to enforce the Ohio Constitution's structural restraints on government. The Center had originally submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court a “friend of the court” brief asserting that Progress Ohio and other left-wing challengers must be found

  • To hold their elected officials accountable, a conglomerate of conservative, libertarian, and tea-party groups representing Ohio taxpayers have recently devised two pledges for state legislative candidates. These pledges are directed toward educating Ohio voters as to who can be counted on to limit onerous taxation and regulation. Specifically, the taxpayers call upon legislative candidates to pledge that they (1) will not vote in a manner inconsistent with health care freedom; and (2) will note vote to impose a severance tax on fledgling oil and gas production in Ohio. As citizens began to ask candidates to sign this pledge, something interesting - - beyond a policy debate - - happened: some Republican candidates began to balk at the idea of a

  • Columbus, OH – Proponents today delivered over 5,100 signatures to the Franklin County Board of Elections to place an effective repeal of the March school levy tax increase on the November ballot. So long as 3,585 of these signatures are declared valid, the initiative would effectively repeal the 6.71 mil tax increase narrowly approved in March, after taxpayers defeated a similar measure at the November 2011 general election. Proponents’ internal validation tests indicate that over 90 percent of collected signatures are valid - - an amount well in excess of the needed threshold. The effort, spearheaded by Taxpayers for Westerville Schools and represented by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, marks the inaugural action of the 1851 Center in facilitating

  • 1851 Center supports Progress Ohio's standing to challenge the constitutionality of JobsOhio   Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court a "friend of the court" brief asserting that Progress Ohio and other left-wing challengers must be found to have taxpayer and "public interest" standing to challenge the constitutionality of Governor Kasich's JobsOhio legislation. The 1851 Center's amicus brief argues that if Ohio's high court gives a pass to lower court rulings that Progress Ohio does not possess standing in this case, the Court will essentially bar all Ohioans from enforcing the Ohio Constitution's stringent spending, debt, and "anti-corporate-welfare" provisions, effectively rending these provisions unenforceable. The JobsOhio legislation sets up a special public-private