August 22, 2013 |
Republicans have been blistering the Internal Revenue Service for months over its notorious targeting of tea party groups applying for tax-exempt status. Now a leading House Democrat and three campaign reform advocacy groups are suing the IRS for not taking a tough enough line against politicized nonprofits. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Democracy 21, the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen asked a federal judge in the District of Columbia on Wednesday to force the tax agency to amend its rules on "social welfare" organizations.
August 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - House Republicans will return to Washington next month continuing their efforts “at full throttle” to check the Obama administration on several fronts, a GOP leader indicated Wednesday. As most lawmakers spend the month in their districts with few popular legislative accomplishments to cite, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is instead touting aggressive oversight efforts that he says is a fulfillment of a Republican promise to voters in 2010 to pursue “a reform agenda aimed at changing the culture in Washington.” “Congressional oversight that exposes these abuses is the first step in ending the abuse, controlling spending, and reforming Washington.
July 8, 2013 |
Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month jail sentence Monday after pleading guilty last year to not paying approximately $1 million in taxes. The singer and rapper, best known as a member of the Fugees, reported to the federal prison in Danbury, Conn., according to the Associated Press , which quoted a Bureau of Prisons spokesman. Following the completion of her stint there, she's to spend an additional three months under home confinement, the AP said. Hill was sentenced in May, the result of leaving taxes on earnings of over $2 million unpaid from 2005 to 2009.
June 28, 2013
Re "IRS also flagged groups labeled 'progressive,'" June 25 There you go: Newly released documents show the IRS flagged liberal as well as conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And so they should have. No political group should receive tax-free status, and flagging applications from groups with names like "tea party" or "progressive" is simply an easy way to cull out political groups more quickly. I'm sick of hearing the Republicans crow about this. The fact that the scrutiny went both ways should receive just as much publicity.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A House committee inquiry into the targeting of political groups by the Internal Revenue Service devolved into partisan finger-pointing Thursday as the controversy expanded to allegations that progressive groups were flagged as well as tea party organizations. Republicans criticized the acting IRS commissioner, Daniel Werfel, for his handling of an internal review into the issue as he faced lawmakers for the first time since taking the job last month. They said Werfel failed to interview key current and former IRS officials before issuing a report this week that found no evidence that agency employees intentionally did anything wrong or were directed by the White House.
June 26, 2013 |
The scandal surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's handling of tea party groups took a left turn this week after congressional Democrats revealed that the tax agency had also targeted liberal groups for scrutiny. The revelation led some liberals to declare that the controversy was a manufactured one, created by a partisan Republican (Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista) to taint President Obama. If only. The new information changes the context profoundly, but it doesn't explain why IRS employees made wholly inappropriate demands for information from politically active groups seeking nonprofit status under Sections 501(c)
June 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Internal Revenue Service employees used other politically-loaded terms besides "tea party" when they culled applications for tax-exempt status and then subjected them to extra scrutiny - including the words "progressive" and "blue," according to agency memos. The lists with key words to watch for, released Monday by congressional Democrats, are the first documents showing that IRS employees were instructed to flag other types of nonprofit groups engaged in politics, not just conservative ones.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - About once a week, like clockwork, House Speaker John A. Boehner insists in a Capitol news conference that jobs and the economy are the "No. 1 concern" of his GOP majority. But from week to week, there's often another priority in the House. On Tuesday, it was abortion, as Republicans passed one of the most stringent restrictions in a decade. In recent weeks, GOP-run committees held numerous hearings to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative nonprofits and the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An Internal Revenue Service manager who described himself as a "conservative Republican" told congressional investigators that no one in the agency's Cincinnati office was trying to target tea party organizations for political reasons, according to an interview transcript released Tuesday. The manager, John Shafer, said he and an employee in his screening unit decided to pull applications for tax-exempt status filed by political groups and send them to managers in Washington.
June 11, 2013 |
The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival. There have always been (at least) two Barack Obamas. There is the man who claims to be a nonideological problem-solver, keen on working with anybody to fix things. And there is The One: the partisan, left-leaning progressive-redeemer. As E.J. Dionne, a columnist who can usually be counted on to make the case for Obama better than Obama can, recently wrote, the president "has been a master, as good politicians are, at presenting different sides of himself to different constituencies.