Much to my surprise, I find myself sympathizing with the Internal Revenue Service. Tenderness toward that agency isn’t my default position. I’m a British expat living in the U.S., with retirement savings locked up in the U.K. and other cross-border entanglements -- these small complications have sometimes caused my dealings with tax professionals to displace landscape photography as my main and most expensive pastime. Say “IRS” to me and watch my teeth grind.
President Barack Obama today named Deloitte LLP Chief Executive Officer Joe Echevarria, a Walt Disney Co. executive, and scholars and state election officials to a panel that will recommend ways to make voting in U.S. elections more efficient.
Patriot Majority USA, a social welfare nonprofit, told the Internal Revenue Service that its mission is “to encourage a discussion of economic issues.” In exchange for keeping its donors private and paying fewer taxes, it must limit its involvement in politics.
Almost two in three eligible blacks cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election, marking the first time they had a higher voter turnout rate than non- Hispanic whites, a U.S. Census Bureau analysis shows.
Patrick Murphy won his U.S. House seat last November by fewer than 2,000 votes. As he prepares to seek a second term, the Florida Democrat has boosted his fundraising to try to win re-election by a wider margin.
Republican Mark Sanford will return to the U.S. House after winning a special election last night in South Carolina, staging a comeback four years after scandal tarnished his image while he served as the state’s governor.
Caroline Hunter’s six-year term on the Federal Election Commission expires today. If recent history is any guide, what will happen next is ... nothing. Of the six seats on the FEC, which interprets and administers the nation’s election laws, one is vacant and the others are occupied by commissioners with expired terms. It’s tempting to conclude from this that inertia dominates the FEC but that would be mistaken: The commission is more destructive than mere inertia could possibly allow.