April 24, 2014

Rolling Stone: Obama “has all but decided to deny the permit for the (Keystone XL) pipeline”

Obama’s Last Shot

By: Jeff Goodell

Although no final decision has been made, two high-level sources in the Obama administration told me recently that the president has all but decided to deny the permit for the pipeline – a dramatic move that would light up Democratic voters and donors while further provoking the wrath of Big Oil. …

…But it’s no surprise that I was told recently by members of the administration that the pipeline would, in fact, be rejected. “If the president is really serious about his legacy on climate change, he can’t have that and approve Keystone,” an Obama insider told me. “The only question now is the timing of the announcement.”

Read the full article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/obamas-last-shot-20140423

April 23, 2014

AFF Releases New Ad In Arkansas Applauding David Sterling

DES MOINES, IA – The American Future Fund (AFF) released a new television advertisement in Arkansas today praising attorney and businessman David Sterling for his efforts to pass a “Stand Your Ground” law in Arkansas.

April 23, 2014

Forbes – Cold realities lie ahead on Obamacare’s costs

By: Grace-Marie Turner

The White House is trying to manufacture good news about ObamaCare, but cold realities lie ahead that will reveal the truth about the law’s success or failure.  All we have to do is follow the money…

Full Article Here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gracemarieturner/2014/04/22/cold-realities-lie-ahead-on-obamacares-costs/

April 23, 2014

CNN – Millions slip into Obamacare ‘coverage gap’

By: Jordan Malter

About 8 million people have signed up for Year 1 of Obamacare, but millions of others are still falling into the law’s “coverage gap.”

They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don’t make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange…

Full Article Here: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/21/news/economy/obamacare-medicaid-coverage-gap-texas/

April 23, 2014

US News & World Report – The IRS scandal’s smoking gun?

By: Peter Roff

The so-called “smoking gun” proving the Internal Revenue Service played politics with conservative groups seeking official non-profit, social welfare status over the last several years may finally have been found.

In a rash of documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act to Judicial Watch, a non-partisan public interest law group, is an April 2013 email written by David Fish, acting manager of IRS Exempt Organizations Technical Guidance and Quality Assurance and sent to, among others, former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner. It was part of a thread discussing a recent U.S. Senate hearing on the potential for the abuse of the 501(c)(4) tax status by organizations intervening inappropriately or improperly in candidate elections…

Full Article Here: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2014/04/16/has-the-irs-scandals-smoking-gun-finally-been-found

April 23, 2014

Wall Street Journal – Emails show former IRS official Lerner talked with Justice Department

By: John D. McKinnon

Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner talked with Justice Department officials about seeking criminal prosecutions of tax-exempt groups that didn’t fully disclose their political activities, according to emails released on Wednesday. The conservative-leaning Judicial Watch said it got the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The revelation was getting a lot of attention on Wednesday. A top GOP lawmaker issued a statement pointing out that the documents show federal officials were bending to pressure from elected Democrats in going after conservative groups…

Full Article Here: http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/04/16/emails-show-former-irs-official-lerner-talked-with-justice-department/

April 23, 2014

Forbes – The gift that is Lois Lerner

By Christopher Bergen

I was going to write about Caterpillar this week – the tractor maker, not the bug – and the fact that some senators are outraged over the company’s ability to minimize taxes by using the rules Congress gave it. But then the latest chapter in the so called IRS scandal occurred. And I was spurred to read the letter from the House Ways and Means Committee – perhaps, more accurately, the Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee – asking the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation of Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the heart of the exempt organization debacle. It was Lerner who first spilled the beans that the IRS was inappropriately handling the exemption applications of some conservative groups…

Full Article Here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/taxanalysts/2014/04/14/the-gift-that-is-lois-lerner/

March 12, 2014

NRO: House Closes In on Lerner

by Eliana Johnson, National Review Online

March 11, 2014

The House of Representatives came one step closer Tuesday

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to holding former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.

As Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) prepares to call a committee vote on the matter, the body released a report intended to build the case that Lerner has obstructed the work of Congress by providing false and misleading information to the committee and refusing to testify before it.

If the Oversight Committee votes to hold Lerner in contempt, House speaker John Boehner could move the matter to the full Congress. His previous comments suggest he would do so. “At some point, she has to testify or she should be held in contempt,” Boehner told reporters Wednesday.

Full article here.

February 25, 2014

American Future Fund Files Comprehensive Comments With IRS In Opposition To The Obama Administration’s Latest Effort To Silence 501(c)(4) Advocacy Organizations

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Contact: Mandy Fletcher Fraher (515) 661-4233

DES MOINES, IA – Today, American Future Fund (AFF) filed comprehensive comments with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in opposition to the Obama Administration’s latest effort to silence Section 501(c)(4) organizations. The IRS’s proposal has been widely criticized by the left and the right from the start, and AFF today adds its voice to the call to the IRS to abandon this rule making.

AFF Founder Nick Ryan said, “When it comes to 501(c)(4) groups, it is the IRS who is at fault, and it is just unconscionable that their response to their targeting scandal is to try to make their crackdown on non-profit speech permanent.”

February 20, 2014

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