August 7th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Issa expands IRS investigation

Washington (CNN) - House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission turn over records of more than five years of communications with the Internal Revenue Service - a move that significantly expands the California Republican's ongoing probe of alleged federal targeting of conservative groups.

In a letter to FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub - a Democrat - Issa cited CNN reporting on Monday that raises "the prospect of inappropriate coordination between the IRS and the FEC about tax-exempt entities."

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Filed under: FEC • IRS
First on CNN: FEC Republican tells CNN of new IRS links
August 5th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: FEC Republican tells CNN of new IRS links

Washington (CNN) - The vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission told CNN on Monday he has seen numerous undisclosed e-mails between FEC staffers and the Internal Revenue Service that raise new questions about potential collusion between the two federal agencies in the alleged targeting of conservative political groups.

Don McGahn, a Republican FEC commissioner, said an investigator from his agency contacted Lois Lerner - the IRS employee at the center of the political storm now engulfing that agency - to discuss the status of one such conservative political advocacy group, the American Future Fund.

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Filed under: IRS
May 29th, 2013
01:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Conservative group takes IRS, top Obama officials to court

Washington (CNN) - A prominent conservative legal advocacy group will file a lawsuit on Wednesday against top Internal Revenue Service and Obama administration officials, claiming the constitutional rights of 25 organizations were violated when the IRS targeted conservative outfits seeking tax-exempt status.

The Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice will argue in a federal district court filing that the First and Fifth Amendment rights of the organizations were violated by the targeting, according to an ACLJ official. The group will also contend the IRS violated its own regulations, the official noted.

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Filed under: IRS
May 16th, 2013
05:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Key lawmaker says IRS problems go beyond embattled chief

Washington (CNN) -- Internal Revenue Service chief Steven Miller may have been among the first people to be blamed for a scandal now consuming the agency and buffeting the Obama administration, but at least one powerful House Republican is confident he won't be the last.

"This isn't just going to end up being just one person's responsibility," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp told CNN on Thursday in an exclusive interview.

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Filed under: Dave Camp • IRS
February 21st, 2013
08:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers say they'd take pay cut, but they can't

Washington (CNN) – Pain from forced spending cuts is a week away and lawmakers are preparing their aides for the fallout that could hit them like other government workers.

"We've actually budgeted with a 10% cut in mind," Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, told CNN last week.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit
April 11th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney still faces challenges rallying the right

Washington (CNN) – Typically when a presidential candidate wraps up his party's nomination after months of reaching out to base voters in the primaries, the question becomes whether he can appeal to the political center for the general election.

Not for Mitt Romney.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Political leaders debate budget stalemate
March 3rd, 2011
05:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Political leaders debate budget stalemate

Washington (CNN) – White House officials led by Vice President Joe Biden met for the first time Thursday with House and Senate leaders in both parties to begin negotiations on major differences over spending cuts.

The meeting, held on Capitol Hill, was prompted by congressional Democrats who implored the White House to get more involved in the battle with Republicans over spending.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress