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Navigating the Law of Politics (and more)

Politics has become a regulated industry. At Berke Farah LLP, we provide legal advice and counsel to help clients navigate all aspects of the political process – including campaign finance & election law, government ethics, lobbying law, corporate anti-corruption compliance, government investigations, non-profits, and fundraising. Beyond politics, we also represent clients on white collar criminal defense, regulatory, corporate governance, intellectual property, and entertainment law. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, lobbying and public relations firms, political committees and campaigns, elected and appointed government officials, artists, musicians, and writers.

The IRS Scandal: What's Next?

By Elliot S. Berke

Well, this could be a huge development. Playing second fiddle to the recent IRS scandal involving how the agency mishandled applications from some right-leaning groups is the simple fact that the Service has historically offered little guidance on how it measures the primary purpose of such activities. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) had promised to use the panel’s investigative powers to uncover the root causes of inappropriate IRS scrutiny of prospective tax-exempt organizations.  But today, Chairman Baucus said there also needs to be more clarity on permissible 501(c)(4) activities, calling for reform of vague laws related to such organizations.  Could this “clarity” become party of his overall push for major tax reform?  Stay tuned.