Peter Overby http://wcqs.org en A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle http://wcqs.org/post/political-family-funding-and-running-both-sides-aisle Rich families sustain American politics. Some produce candidates; others supply money. And in rare instances, a family will do both.<p>Meet Nebraska billionaire <a href="http://www.joericketts.com/">Joe Ricketts</a>, founder of Ending Spending, an independent political organization that's <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/summ.php?disp=O">among the top 10 spenders this election cycle</a>. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 22954 at http://wcqs.org A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses http://wcqs.org/post/former-iowa-lawmaker-admits-getting-payoff-2012-caucuses A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.<p>There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come just before New Year's. Republican state Sen. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Peter Overby 22798 at http://wcqs.org Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive http://wcqs.org/post/more-details-surface-missing-irs-hard-drive Finally, we now have a <a href="http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Judicial-Watch-v.-IRS-01559.pdf">detailed IRS account</a> of its attempts to resurrect the long-gone hard drive in Lois Lerner's computer.<p>But it's not definitive.<p>Lerner headed the tax-exempt organizations division in 2011, when it was dealing with hundreds of applications from conservative groups. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Peter Overby 22176 at http://wcqs.org More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast http://wcqs.org/post/facing-mass-mailing-deadline-lawmakers-get-frank-fast Members of Congress face a deadline next Thursday — 90 days before the election — to put constituent newsletters in the mail. Carefully timing the mailings is just one fillip in the fine art of congressional communications, especially those that might suggest campaign messages.<p>"It's either a congressional perk that looks a lot like someone campaigning with tax dollars, or it's part of your constituent service responsibility," says Rep. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 21627 at http://wcqs.org Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://wcqs.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 21275 at http://wcqs.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers http://wcqs.org/post/long-gop-primary-season-gives-democrats-time-fill-campaign-coffers Georgia Republicans picked their Senate nominee Tuesday night. Former corporate CEO David Perdue will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the November general election.<p>Nunn, the daughter of a popular former senator, is among several Democratic female candidates who are showing strength as the party tries to preserve its Senate majority. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Peter Overby 21222 at http://wcqs.org Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers Interpreting The IRS Emails, Washington-Style http://wcqs.org/post/interpreting-irs-emails-washington-style Here's the biggest recurring theme in the IRS controversy — the one about alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.<p>Throughout the yearlong investigation, congressional Republicans and Democrats have not only highlighted their own evidence but also taken the same evidence and drawn diametrically opposed conclusions.<p>The latest example came Wednesday afternoon, at a subcommittee hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Officially, the subject was a separate IRS issue. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Peter Overby 20602 at http://wcqs.org Interpreting The IRS Emails, Washington-Style IRS Chief Tangles With Lawmakers Over Missing Emails http://wcqs.org/post/irs-chief-tangles-lawmakers-over-missing-emails Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. On Capitol Hill today, the House Ways & Means Committee drilled down on one question - what happened to Lois Lerner's e-mails? Lerner is the former official who was at the center of an IRS controversy last year. She oversaw agents who investigated advocacy groups and delayed the applications for tax except status. Conservatives say their groups were unfairly targeted. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Peter Overby 19726 at http://wcqs.org Lost IRS Emails Spark Republican Ire http://wcqs.org/post/lost-irs-emails-spark-republican-ire With new technology came a new type of Washington scandal: missing emails.<p>In the latest instance, the vanished emails belonged to Lois Lerner, former head of the exempt organizations division at IRS. She's the official who oversaw the scrutiny of applicants for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare groups — a process that conservatives allege was meant to block Tea Party groups.<p>The controversy blew up just over a year ago. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Peter Overby 19548 at http://wcqs.org Lost IRS Emails Spark Republican Ire Tract Issued By Theologians Takes On Money In Politics http://wcqs.org/post/tract-issued-theologians-takes-money-politics In a <a href="http://www.auburnseminary.org/mip">newly issued report</a>, a group of 11 theologians goes where the pols and lawyers dare not tread, with a faith-based analysis of money's role in politics. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:55:00 +0000 Peter Overby 19392 at http://wcqs.org Tract Issued By Theologians Takes On Money In Politics