Warren and Chu urge IRS on increased audits of low-income households

Lawmakers pointed to recent data from Syracuse University that found 1.3% of households earning less than $25,000 were audited in fiscal year 2021 — up from 0.79% in the year. previous and significantly higher than the 0.45% rate for households earning $200,000 to $1 million. .

Warren and Chu said they’re concerned the IRS is increasingly using mail-in audits — exams done by mail — to audit low-income taxpayers because they’re simpler and cheaper than more complex exams. needed to audit wealthier taxpayers.

Overall audit rates have hit record highs in recent years as the IRS faces a series of budget cuts and retirements that have drained its teams. Biden has pushed for an $80 billion investment over a decade to rebuild the agency’s enforcement capabilities, but that effort is stalled in the Senate.


Meadows removed from North Carolina voter rolls

Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, has been removed from voter rolls in North Carolina as the state investigates allegations that he committed voter fraud in the 2020 election.

On April 11, Macon County officials ”administratively removed Mark Meadows’ voter registration…after documents indicated he lived in Virginia and last voted there in the 2021 election” , North Carolina State Board of Elections spokesman Patrick Gannon said in a statement.

A representative for Meadows declined to comment on Wednesday.

North Carolina state investigators launched a voter registration probe into Meadows last month after news outlets reported that he had registered to vote in 2020 using the address of a mobile home in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. The mobile home’s former owner claimed Meadows never stayed there, prompting the state attorney general to call for an investigation.

Newly released text messages that were sent Jan. 6 to Meadows highlighted President Donald Trump’s failure to act quickly to stop the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol as it unfolded, despite pleas in time real lawmakers, journalists and even his eldest son.

At least half a dozen people reached out during the Meadows riot to ask — in some cases, beg — Trump to intervene, according to detailed text messages this week from Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, Vice-Chair of the House Select Committee. investigating the attack. The bipartisan panel is investigating the storming of the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob who tried to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, a seat that left five dead and injured some 140 members of the law enforcement.


2 Florida men confess to voter fraud

According to court records, two Florida men accused of casting ballots in two states in the 2020 presidential election have confessed to committing voter fraud.

Charles Barnes and Jay Ketcik, residents of The Villages in Sumter County, Florida, pleaded guilty to casting more than one ballot in the election. Voter fraud is a third-degree felony that can carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Barnes, 64, and Ketcik, 63, will be able to defer prosecution if they meet court-ordered requirements that State’s Attorney Bill Gladson set, according to pretrial intervention documents. Men will avoid further penalties if they complete 50 hours of community service, attend a 12-week adult civics course and meet regularly with a supervising officer, among a few other requirements.

Ketcik, a registered Republican, was among three Central Florida residents who expressed support for former President Donald Trump before being arrested in December following reports they had voted more than one vote in the 2020 election, according to various Florida news outlets. Barnes, who has no party affiliation, was arrested in January and faced similar charges. Both men were released from jail after posting $2,000 bail.

Ketcik voted by mail in Florida and voted by mail in Michigan, prosecutors say. An arrest report shows Barnes previously had an address in Connecticut.

According to the Florida Secretary of State’s Office, Florida election officials referred 75 people to law enforcement due to potential voter fraud in the 2020 election.

It is not a crime to be registered in more than one state, but it is illegal to vote in multiple states. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has spoken out against voter fraud — a crime that multiple reports have shown is rare — and proposed a new state office to investigate voter fraud.

The governor previously declined to answer questions about whether he believed the 2020 election was rigged. And more than a year after the 2020 election, Trump continues to make false claims that his loss to President Biden was the result of widespread voter fraud, allegations that have been denied by numerous courts and reviews. ‘State.


Abbott slams California but accepts donor money

For years, Texas Governor Greg Abbott vilified California for its liberal politics, high taxes and onerous regulations. That did not change during his quest for a third term.

”Don’t California My Texas! ”Abbott’s re-election campaign website denounces. Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, the campaign warns, is raising “massive sums of money from deep-pocketed California liberals” in an attempt to unseat the Republican governor and dismantle his conservative agenda.

But when it comes to money, Abbott benefits from California as much as his opponent – ​​and more. Since the start of 2021, with a re-election bid already secured, Abbott has raised about $1.6 million from California donors, while O’Rourke has withdrawn $915,000 from the state since the start of 2021. announcement of his candidacy in November. This helped swell the governor’s campaign war chest to nearly $50 million, seven times the size of O’Rourke’s.

Abbott, 64, has long made California bashing a big part of his political agenda, and he takes credit for attracting California companies like Tesla Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and Oracle Corp. . in the Lone Star State. In November, he posted a video urging California shipping companies to move to ports in Texas. “Escape California, everyone does it,” the video said.

Most of Abbott’s money in California comes from wealthy GOP patrons. Billionaire developer Edward Roski Jr., co-owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and the Kings hockey franchise, gave Abbott $500,000 last June. Another developer and the founder of a private college have each donated $100,000, according to the latest campaign revelations.

The haul illustrates how California conservatives who may not have much hope for their locally favorite candidates can be cash cows for Republicans in other states.

“Candidates of all ideologies and all regions go where the money is,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of OpenSecrets, which studies money in politics.