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Mon Sep 24, 2012, 07:53 PM

New York Attorney General Rebuffs Congressional Republicans

Source: NY Times

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York on Monday rebuffed demands from Congressional Republicans to refrain from requesting tax returns and other information from tax-exempt groups that have spent heavily on campaign ads.

In a letter to Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Representative Dave Camp of Michigan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Schneiderman asserted the right to request federal tax documents from such groups and subpoena them if necessary. Mr. Hatch and Mr. Camp had written to Mr. Schneiderman last week insisting he route such requests through the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Schneiderman said that the two lawmakers had misrepresented federal rules on the matter and that law enforcement officials routinely seek such documents on their own.

While you correctly identify procedures for obtaining tax returns and tax return information from the I.R.S., those procedures do not prohibit state authorities from requesting such documents or information directly from taxpayers, Mr. Schneiderman said. The Internal Revenue Code in no way precludes a nonprofit or business from sharing its own tax returns or tax return information with law enforcement officials voluntarily, in response to a subpoena, or as required by state laws requiring disclosure. Indeed, state and local law enforcement agencies frequently seek such information when investigating criminal activities, including organized crime, narcotics trafficking, financial fraud and money laundering.

Read more: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/new-york-attorney-general-rebuffs-congressional-republicans/

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 08:04 PM

1. sounds a bit ominous to me

" Indeed, state and local law enforcement agencies frequently seek such information when investigating criminal activities, including organized crime, narcotics trafficking, financial fraud and money laundering.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #1)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 11:44 PM

6. It's an invitation.

He's asking the good senators which one of these illegal acts would they like to defend?

- The nose tweaks are a side benefit.









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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:10 AM

7. Defend or be charged with...I love Eric Sniederman!

I wish he would be our AG instead of Eric Holder who is another of our dear President's staffing errors. Sigh

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 08:11 PM

2. Good on Schneiderman. Raspberries to the Republicans trying to hide their donors.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 08:17 PM

3. I did not vote for him in the primary, but i voted for him in the general election, And I am glad...

... he is our AG here in NY.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:15 PM

4. I support my duly elected Attorney General..

go for it .

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 10:16 PM

5. We in New York have a pretty strong recent history of Attornies General.

Eliot Spitzer, Andrew Cuomo, and now Eric Schneiderman.
Spitzer was, in my book, super.. a real Bulldog when it came to going after the bad guys. Of course then there was that little sting operation.. but,, :>
I met him once in Rochester at a fundraiser/campaign sip and shake.. and was really impressed with him. Hillary Clinton was there also. He took the time to talk WITH me and my wife and I never felt he wanted to get away and move on to someone else. He just felt genuine to me.

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Response to cal04 (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 06:19 PM

8. HUM do you think this is about religious groups who are tax exempt donating to ad campaigns? n/t

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