Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 6.25.13

IRS UPDATE. The Hill. “The IRS was improperly screening groups seeking tax-exempt status when its acting chief took over in May — close to two weeks after the nation first learned that the agency had targeted conservative groups.”

STILL INAPPROPRIATE? Politico. “The IRS continued to use “inappropriate and questionable criteria” to flag groups seeking a tax exemption even after the tea party-targeting scandal came to light, the agency’s new leader said Monday.”

(C)(4) STREAMLINING. IRS. “Following a review of internal procedures to reduce the backlog of tax-exempt applications, the IRS is offering certain organizations that have applied for 501(c)(4) status a faster, optional method to gain tax-exempt status.”

BOOKER LAUNCH. Story here. “Newark mayor and Senate hopeful Cory Booker is poised to launch an ad campaign this week in his effort to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg, two media-tracking sources told POLITICO.”

PROBLEM VACANCIES. Story here. “Partisan divides and procedural delays in the Senate could leave the Federal Communications Commission stranded at three members and stall the confirmation of its new chairman for months — a threat to the agency’s work on spectrum policy and other high-profile initiatives.”

QUAYLE TO FIRM. Story here. “Ex-Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is making his return to Washington at the K Street firm Clark Hill, the firm is set to announce this week, and will not run for Congress in 2014.”

CA: FPPC MEETING VIDEO. Via FPPC_Chair. The video is for a recent FPPC meeting held in San Jose. At about 19m25s is a public comment from a gentleman who claims he and others were harassed by the FPPC apparently for being involved with groups that spent a few hundred dollars for political calls related to taxes. He claims “inspectors” were set loose on the “little guy” on the basis of a complaint crafted by lawyers. “Your people are being used to shut the little guy up,” he concludes.

CT: BILL NOW LAW. Story here. “Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says a campaign finance bill he has signed into law will make Connecticut a leader in requiring disclosure and transparency of campaign contributions.”

DC: GUILTY PLEA. WTOP. “A Philadelphia businessman has admitted that he was reimbursed for $132,000 in political contributions as part of a widening campaign finance scandal.”


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