Category Archives: Congress

President Announces Two Nominations For FEC

POLITICO reports that the President has nominated Ann Ravel, a Democrat who chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and Lee Goodman, a Republican election lawyer, to the Federal Election Commission.

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IRS IG Report Released And Other Developments In The IRS Scandal

Election Law Blog has posted a copy of the report here.  The report is fairly limited in scope compared to the revelations that have been made in the press this week.  The report, however, is worth a read since it raises … Continue reading

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“Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry Into IRS Audits”

The New York Times report on the criminal investigation into the IRS scandal.

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“Holder Discloses IRS Criminal Probe”

The Wall Street Journal just published an article discussing Attorney General Eric Holder’s disclosure that the Department of Justice has launched a criminal probe into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

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IRS Scandal’s Next Question: Who Received The Information From The Conservative Groups?

The mounting problems facing the IRS continued to expand on Monday.  News outlets disclosed that IRS employees and officials outside of the Cincinnati office sent inappropriate requests for information to conservative nonprofit groups and that high-level IRS officials were apparently … Continue reading

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IRS Scandal UPDATE: DOJ And FBI Launch Criminal Probe

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder disclosed during a press conference today that he has ordered the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.  This represents a … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance Panel Discusses The Future Of The FEC

On April 30, 2013, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”) and the George Washington University Law School Political Law Studies Initiative (“PLSI”) co-sponsored a panel discussion featuring leading campaign experts entitled “The Future of the FEC.”  The discussion was … Continue reading

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Appellate Court Decision in Van Hollen v. FEC Disclosure Litigation

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion today overturning a lower court holding that invalidated the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) regulations governing the disclosure of of donors by groups sponsoring electioneering communications in Van Hollen v. FEC.  The lower … Continue reading

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“Twitter Becomes A Key Real-Time Tool For Campaigns”

The Washington Post published an interesting article concerning the role Twitter plays in campaigns and grassroots lobbying.

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Committee on House Administration To Hold FEC Oversight Hearing

The Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration (“House Elections Committee”) is scheduled hold an oversight hearing on the Federal Election Commission on November 3, 2011.  The link to the House Elections Committee webpage announcing the hearing can be … Continue reading

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“White House Backs Down After Subpoena Threat From Rep. Issa”

The Hill reports that the White House will send an official to testify at tomorrow’s joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.  Tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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House Plans Hearings On President’s Draft Disclosure Executive Order

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Committee on Small Business have scheduled a joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose their political contributions as part of the contracting process.

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“Hoyer Opposes Obama’s Political Contribution Disclosure Plan”

The Hill reports on a fracture in the Democratic ranks over the President’s controversial draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.

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House GOP May Subpoena Obama Administration Over Draft Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Disclose Political Donations

Politico reports on the escalating battle over the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political donations.  A hearing by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is scheduled for this Thursday.

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Reform Lobbyists, Democrats Ramp Up Disclosure Battles

The National Journal reports on the various efforts by pro-regulation groups to impose draconian disclosure requirements on political opponents.  The bottom line – the 2012 disclosure wars have begun in earnest.

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