House investigating FEC and IRS communications over tax exempt groups

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August 8, 2013

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Top Republicans on the House oversight committee have sent a letter to the Federal Elections Commission demanding that the agency turn over a cache of communications with the Internal Revenue Service as part of its ongoing investigation into the inappropriate treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Reps. Darrell E. Issa, the committee chairman, and Jim Jordan, chairman of a subcommittee on regulatory affairs, said in a letter to FEC Chairman Ellen L. Weintraub that they are investigating potential “inappropriate coordination” between her agency and the IRS. They request that she turn over all communications her agency had with the IRS since 2008.

In the letter, they say that some of the information the committee has already received shows that FEC personnel talked with IRS personnel about tax-exempt groups involved in politics.

They single out a 2009 conversation between William Powers, an FEC official, and Lois Lerner, who ran the IRS’s section on tax-exempt groups, about the American Issue Project and the American Future Fund.

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