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October 24, 2014

IRS Political Organization Website Closed to Public Viewers

The Internal Revenue Service website that the public and media used to view and research political organization contributions and expenditures has been unavailable for use by the public for the last two weeks.

This does not bode well for viewing new filings expected within a week from the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations, both Section 527 organizations. With a hot race for governor in Virginia, both associations are probably moving large amounts of money into the state.

Through the end of June, the IRS had made public contribution and expenditure reports filed by Section 527 political organizations. These reports have been essential to disclosing to the public political activity by non-profit organizations, such as the Republican Governors Association, which disclosed over $100 million in activity in 2011-2012. The Democratic Governors Association reported $50 million. Other Section 527 accounts of labor unions and  non-federal political action committees were disclosed as well, totaling about $500 million of political activity in each of the last few cycles.

The billions of dollars from the earlier cycles, the $11 million reported for the first quarter of 2013, and any new reports for the second quarter of 2013 filed since July 1 are not available. The IRS website states the search and viewing site is “temporarily unavailable.” The download capability is also “temporarily unavailable.”

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