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Republicans Informed of IRS Investigation Last Year

The Office of Congressman Darrell Issa(WASHINTON) -- Much has been made of the fact that senior Treasury Department officials were told about the investigation into the treatment of tea party groups in June 2012 — months before last year’s the Presidential election. Republicans who requested the investigation were also told about it at approximately the same time.

In a letter dated July 11, 2012, the man who conducted the investigation, IRS inspector general J. Russell George wrote to Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, telling him that he was investigating the issue and offering to keep him updated as the investigation progressed.

“The Oversight Committee knew about the audit because it requested it,” an Issa aide told ABC News. Issa released the letter, along with his own letter dated June 28, 2012 requesting the investigation, last week.

“We would be happy to provide a status update to the Subcommittee staff and provide a copy of our interim and final reports on the matter when they are issued,” George wrote in the letter to Issa. An identical letter was also sent the Rep. Jim Jordan, who, like Issa had raised the issue with the IRS.

The letter notes that it was Issa who had written him about “questionnaires that the IRS has issued which may exceed appropriate scrutiny and a potential lack of balance in the use of criteria for reviewing organizations that are applying for tax-exempt status.” George offers no confusions but says, “our Office of Audit recently began work on this issue.”

According the Issa aide, the committee received an email update from George in December saying, “We are leaving no stone unturned as part of our due diligence. As such, we won’t be able to provide a detailed, substantive briefing until late April/early May.”

On Friday, in his testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, George said he had notified top Treasury officials — including Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin — about his investigation in June 2012, part of a routine briefing on the issues he was looking into.

Republicans pounced on that revelation as evidence top Administration officials knew about the targeting of conservative groups well before the 2012 election. It is now clear that at least some key Republicans knew about the investigation as well.

While George informed Treasury officials about the fact he was conducting the investigation in 2012, the Treasury Department says he did not go into detail about his investigation or tell them about his conclusion that IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups. Similarly, the letter to Issa says the investigation had begun but does not say that it had uncovered any wrongdoing.

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California Rep. Elton Gallegly to Retire

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly from California announced he will retire at the end of the year.

Gallegly, a Republican, has been elected into congress for 12 terms. He is the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

The 67-year-old was not expected to win against fellow Republican Buck McKeon after a new congressional map was drawn by California's independent redistricting commission placing the two GOP members in the same district.
"Serving in Congress and representing my home for 25 years is the greatest experience I could have ever asked for," said Gallegly. "Working with our country’s leadership on a daily basis in striving to move toward a better, stronger and more vibrant America for more than two decades has been a dream come true. The decision to step aside at this time did not come lightly."

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RNC Beats DNC in October Fundraising

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican National Committee -- the Republican Party’s main electoral committee -- beat out its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic National Committee, in fundraising for the month of October.

The RNC pulled in $8.5 million for the month while the DNC raised $7.9 million.

Both committees saw a decrease in fundraising from the previous month of September, but the DNC’s decline was much larger. In September, the committee raised $14.6 million -- almost double its October earnings.

The RNC’s decrease was much smaller -- down less than $1 million from the $9.3 million they took in for September.

The Democratic National Committee’s earnings for October include $2 million raised on behalf of a joint account shared by the DNC and President Obama’s re-election campaign called, “The Obama Victory Fund.”

As of the end of October, the RNC had more cash on hand than the DNC, but also a larger debt. The Republican National Committee had $13.5 million on hand, and $13.9 million in debt. The Democratic National Committee had $11.1 million in the bank, and a debt of $9 million.

The RNC has reduced its debt by more than $10 million since Reince Priebus became chairman in January. Chairman Priebus put out a statement Friday following the release of the October fundraising numbers.

“Highlighting the Republican enthusiasm across the country, over the last 10 months our major donors and grassroots supporters have returned in large numbers to the RNC,” he said. “Their support has empowered us to build an effective, competition operation to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.”

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Two Wisconsin Republicans Fend Off Recall Efforts; Four Others Too Close to Call

Comstock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wisc.) -- Two Republican Wisconsin state senators have reportedly fended off recall votes and held on to their seats, while four other races in the state Tuesday were too close to call.

Sen. Rob Cowles of Allouez and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls defeated their Democratic challengers based on unofficial results, according to ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Cowles captured 58 percent of the vote compared with 42 percent for Democrat Nancy Nusbaum, with 81 percent of precincts reporting, according to WISN-TV.

Harsdorf had 58 percent of the vote compared with 42 percent for Democrat Shelly Moore, WISN-TV reported.

Outside groups poured millions of dollars into the state for television advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts. Democrats' goal was to take three of the seats to gain control of the state Senate from the Republicans, and also set the stage for similar collective bargaining and budget fights in other states.

The recall effort began in January when Republican Gov. Scott Walker took office and Republicans gained control of the state legislature, putting forward a budget aimed at austerity and limiting the rising costs of public employee benefits by ending collective bargaining for all public workers except police and firefighters.

Democrats in the state legislature left the state to avoid voting on the measure, while thousands of protesters on both sides of the issue flooded the state capital to protest or support Walker's move. After Walker signed the legislation, Democrats began gathering signatures on petitions to recall specific senators who were eligible.

Republicans responded in kind, saying Democrats abandoned their duty. Enough signatures were gathered to target six Republicans and two Democrats.

There are two more recall elections next week. Two Democratic senators are facing recall Aug. 16.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


White House Plans Debt Limit Meetings with All House Members

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  ABC News has learned the President has invited all 432 sitting members of the House of Representatives to the White House next week.

House Republicans will head to the White House on Wednesday; House Democrats on Thursday.

A House Democratic source says the subject of the meeting is the budget.  A Republican source says there is no set topic.

The timing of the meetings is also interesting considering the House will next week have what’s being criticized the by the Left as “show vote” on a debt limit increase that features no cuts to federal spending.

Top House Republicans like Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy maintain that not a single Republican would vote to increase the debt ceiling without significant cuts. This measure on the floor next week won’t have any cuts, just an increase to the ceiling, and is destined to fail in the House.

On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner reiterated the GOP’s position that any increase to the debt ceiling must be accompanied by a greater total of cuts.

“I hope [the deficit talks being led behind closed doors by Vice President Joe Biden] continue, but I think I made our position very clear in my speech in New York when I said that the spending cuts should exceed the amount of an increase in the debt limit,” Boehner said. “And when I said exceed, I meant exceed.”

The meetings at the White House next week with the House GOP Conference and House Democratic Caucus follow meetings the President held with Senate Democrats on May 11 and Senate Republicans on May 12 at the White House earlier this month.

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