OECD Countries Sign Multilateral Treaty on Double Taxation

Policy, Tax Law

My latest article for Bloomberg BNA on a groundbreaking new multilateral tax treaty to fight tax evasion and implement a new global dispute resolution in over 60 countries, with the notable exception of the United States:

OECD Countries Sign Multilateral Treaty on Double Taxation

Courtroom Live Streaming Finally Goes Big League

Law, Policy, Technology

My latest for Lawyerist on how the recent federal appeals court decision not to reinstate President Trump’s controversial travel ban was also a historic step for the use of technology to increase courtroom access and transparency:

Courtroom Live Streaming Finally Goes Big League

The Jury Is Not Out Yet On Citizen Jurors

Law, Policy

My new opinion piece on the Daily Caller in which I make the case that a jury composed of fellow citizens is the fairest method of safeguarding our freedom, promoting justice, and ultimately protecting democracy until a more nuanced understanding of how the current jury system—and the justice system as a whole—can ensure that the system continues to be responsive to the needs of society

The Jury Is Not Out Yet On Citizen Jurors

A Dark Money IOU

Campaign Finance, Policy

This is an article I co-authored on the latest project I’ve working on at the Center for Responsive Politics:

  • In Oklahoma, a dark money group tried to get the state’s GOP House speaker, T.W. Shannon, elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. Though it claimed to be a social welfare nonprofit, Oklahomans for a Conservative Future spent most of its money that year on pro-Shannon political advocacy.
  • Along the way, at least one of those running the group also worked for consulting firms paid by the Shannon campaign itself. And an affidavit given in connection with drug charges against OCF’s co-founder suggested the group may have been acting as an extension of Shannon’s campaign.
  • OCF owned up to overspending on politics in a letter to the IRS — but told the agency not to worry, because in 2015 it made up for the transgression.
  • Even if that kind of accounting were allowed — which it’s not, experts say — the group appears to have done little more since Shannon’s defeat than run ads made by a trade group of independent oil and gas producers.
  • The link between the trade group and the nonprofit? Former Rep. J.C. Watts, lobbyist for the trade group and former employer of several of the nonprofit’s board members.

Read the full article on OpenSecrets.orgNonprofit cops to too much politicking, sends IRS an IOU

D5 & the Transformation of Digital Government

Policy, Technology

My Commentary and Analysis for the Journal of American Diplomacy:

The advent of digital and information technologies poses a major challenge for governments to provide transparent, accessible, open access to public services. In response to this and other challenges brought to light by emerging technologies, a new network of governments have stepped up as world leaders paving the way for digital government.

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