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What 'Abolish the IRS' Really Means

Lee, left, and Rubio, have an 'Abolish the IRS' pitch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

"Abolish the IRS" is a popular Republican refrain, getting time on the campaign trail and promotion from the Republican National Committee. But don't take the catch phrase literally.  

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Floridian who aims to be the party standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential contest, effectively conceded Wednesday there's a bit of hyperbole involved.  

Partisan Activities of Lerner Co-Worker at FEC

The blatant partisan activities  of an employee of the Federal Election Commission  have been detailed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is seeking information relating to a former co-worker, Lois Lerner. The loss of emails has hampered discovery.  

The committee released a letter  from chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to Lee Goodman, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission, asking for records and information about the activities of April Sands. The Inspector General of the Commission reported she could not obtain some of Sands' emails, since the Commission had recycled her computer hard drive. As a result, there was no prosecution.  

Conyers Starts Legal Expense Trust To Pay Legal Fees

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A Congressman, who had trouble getting on the primary election ballot, has set up a legal expense trust to solicit funds to pay his legal fees.  

Rep. John Conyers , D-Mich., has registered  his Conyers 13th District Legal Expense Trust with the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 527 political organization. The Trust is based in Washington, D.C. and was filed on May 30th by treasurer Amy Gilbert. The stated purpose is "To defray legal fees and other expenses..."  

Fundraising Starts for Lois Lerner's Legal Bills

A fundraising effort has started to help pay the legal bills of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner .  

On May 7th, the House of Representatives approved a contempt citation against Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, for "refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform." Lerner handled matters relating to the tax-exempt status of organizations.