Tuesday’s political law links, 5/14

IRS STORY DEVELOPMENTS. TaxProf Blog. Paul Caron chronicles new reports.

IRS ISSUES AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE. Roll Call. “The controversy embroiling the IRS kicked up another storm of rhetoric Monday over enforcement of campaign finance laws.”

IRS AND CFR.  Politico.  “The Wild West just got wilder.”

BEYOND CINCINNATI.  The Post.  “Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.”

SEBELIUS SCRUTINY. Story here. “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ recent push to encourage health care executives and nonprofit organizations to make donations to organizations working to implement ObamaCare is drawing criticism from a key Senate Republican who questions whether she has a conflict of interest.”

K ST. SPIKE. The Post. “April marked a spike in activity on K Street, with corporations, trade groups and other entities tapping outside lobbyists at a rate not seen since mid-2011.”

POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE LAW AND INEVITABILITY. NPR. “One other reason Congress might like a rule on disclosure, it would affect the firms that gather political intelligence, but not the lawmakers and Hill staffers who supply it.”

AL: ACCUSED SEEKS SEALED DOCS. Story here. “Former State Senator Lowell Barron wants to restrict the public’s access to documents pertaining to his alleged ethics violations.”

NY: DONATIONS DROP. Story here.”Donations for a lobbying group that promotes Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies dropped from $17 million to zero after the state ethics board began requiring that donors be named, a 2012 federal tax filing provided to The Associated Press shows.”

OR: TAX CREDIT RENEWAL DEBATE. Story here. “Oregon’s tax credit for political contributions came under fire, but also drew praise, as lawmakers considered Thursday whether to renew it.” Here’s more on the credit.

TX: SELIGER BILL,ON NONPROFITS PASSES. News here. “Sen. Kel Seliger’s (R-Amarillo) bill that would require nonprofit organizations to disclose their donors passed in the House on Monday and now moves to the Governor’s desk.”


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