The Washington Post: “FEC engulfed in power struggle over staff independence”

The Washington Post FEC engulfed in power struggle over staff independence By Matea Gold– Long-standing dysfunction at the Federal Election Commission reached a new level of personal acrimony in recent weeks, fueled by a power struggle between Republican commissioners and the agency’s top lawyer, who abruptly resigned. The battle threatens to further obstruct the work …

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Washington Post: “The FEC’s wrong-headed proposal to change rules”

The Washington Post The FEC’s wrong-headed proposal to change rules By Editorial Board– IMMOBILIZED BY political gridlock, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has allowed its enforcement actions to nosedive in recent years. Now outgoing commission Vice Chairman Donald F. McGahn II, a former general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee, could be seeking to …

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NPR: “Some Lawmakers Want Big-Budget Groups Included In IRS Debate”

NPR Some Lawmakers Want Big-Budget Groups Included In IRS Debate By Peter Overby Tea Party leaders and lawmakers in the House Republicans’ Tea Party Caucus rallied Thursday on Capitol Hill, expressing alarm over the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., invoked the …

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NY Times editorial: “Take Politics Away From the I.R.S.”

The New York Times Take Politics Away From the I.R.S. By: The Editorial Board President Obama’s decision on Wednesday to dismiss the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service was a largely symbolic demonstration of anger and authority. The official, Steven Miller, was not directly involved in the misguided decision to single out Tea Party …

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Washington Post column: “IRS has been too lax on tax-exempt status”

The Washington Post IRS has been too lax on tax-exempt status By Ruth Marcus Sputtering adjectives — outrageous, appalling, intolerable — can scarcely do justice to the fiasco involving the Internal Revenue Service’s reported targeting of conservative groups.But the current scandal obscures — and, ironically, threatens to prevent action on — another, equally corrosive failure …

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Time: “The Real IRS Scandal”

Time The Real IRS Scandal By Alex Altman The IRS is unpopular on its best days, and the past few have been among its worst. The agency’s admission that it targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny drew condemnation from across the political spectrum on Monday. “Outrageous,” declared Barack Obama. House and Senate leaders from both …

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