Tag Archives: Investigations

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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IRS Targets Conservative Groups

The disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups was disclosed last Friday afternoon in the form of an apology by an IRS official in response to a question during a panel discussion at a lawyers conference.  Since … Continue reading

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OCE Rules And The Need For Reform

Apologies for not posting for a while.  Here is a link to my recent Politico op-ed discussing the need to reform the Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”) rules to provide greater transparency for subjects and to provide them with a … 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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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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FEC Soliciting Public Comments On Draft Policy Requiring Disclosure Of Exculpatory Evidence To Respondents In Enforcement Matters

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest reports that the Commission is soliciting comments from the regulated community on the draft policy requiring the Office of General Counsel to disclose exculpatory evidence in its possession to respondents in enforcement matters.  The … Continue reading

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“FEC Plans To Share Documents With Those Accused Of Violating Campaign Finance Laws”

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) posted an article on the discussion at yesterday’s Federal Election Commission open meeting on a potential new policy requiring the disclosure of exculpatory evidence to respondents in enforcement matters.

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FEC Debates New Policy Regarding Exculpatory Evidence In Enforcement Matters

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is considering a new agency policy requiring the disclosure of exculpatory evidence to respondents in enforcement matters.  The Open Meeting Agenda can be found here with links to the various draft proposals.  Currently, the FEC … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance Reform Groups Pound the Table

There is an old saying in legal circles that if you have the facts on your side, argue the facts; if not, argue the law; if you have neither, pound your fist on the table.  Yesterday, a number of pro-regulation … Continue reading

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FEC Commissioner McGahn Issues Lengthy Statement Of Reasons On Express Advocacy And Disclosure Issues

BNA Money and Politics Reports ($) published an article on FEC Commissioner Don McGahn’s lengthy statement of reasons in a recently released enforcement that discusses the agency’s treatment of the express advocacy standard and disclosure issues such as political committee status for … Continue reading

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Is The FEC Press Exemption At Risk?

Politico and other press entities are reporting on an enforcement matter against conservative radio show host Sean Hannity that was just released by the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).  A New York Democratic Party official filed the complaint against Hannity and … Continue reading

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