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CREW v. IRS

Case Information

Date Filed: May 21, 2013
State: Washington, D.C.
Issue: Campaign Finance
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:13-cv-00732)

Issue:

1. Did the IRS act arbitrarily, capriciously, and contrary to law in denying plaintiff's petition for rulemaking to address asserted conflict between regulations governing 501(c)(4) organizations and the Tax Code?

2. Is plaintiff entitled to a writ of mandamus compelling the IRS to institute rulemaking proceedings and address asserted inconsistency between regulations governing 501(c)(4) organizations and the Tax Code?

Status:

Complaint filed 5/21/13. U.S.'s Motion to Dismiss filed 8/30/13. Order Consolidating Case with Van Hollen v. IRS filed 9/6/13. Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction filed 10/25/13. Notice of Voluntary Dismissal by Van Hollen, Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center, and Public Citizen, Inc. filed 12/6/13. Order Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss filed 2/27/14.

District Court Documents

Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio treasurer receives OK to host town halls

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article from the Associated Press about an attorney general opinion that allows the Ohio treasurer to conduct telephone town halls using public money. The opinion will likely have broad ramifications for the upcoming elections, Tokaji said.

“As a practical matter, while that legal advice is certainly right, very serious concerns can arise about whether these are really intended to inform Ohio constituents about the operations of his office or if they’re campaign events,” he said.

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Info & Analysis

Seventh Circuit Issues Opinions Regarding Stay in Wisconsin Voter ID Case

A divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued opinions today on its denial of a motion for reconsideration. A 3-judge panel of the court granted a stay last week allowing Wisconsin's voter ID law to take effect. The cases are Frank v. Walker and LULAC v. Deininger.

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