House Races. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today asked the IRS to investigate whether an organization that supports Republican candidates should lose its tax-exempt status. DCCC Executive Director Brian Wolff said Freedom's Watch "is trying to avoid paying taxes by claiming to be tax exempt, while running campaign ads that benefit a Republican candidate and the [National Republican Campaign Committee]." The group has used ads to raise questions about Democratic state Rep. Don Cazayoux, who is running against former GOP state Rep. Woody Jenkins in a special House election Saturday in Louisiana. Freedom's Watch spokesman Ed Patru said in a statement that the Democratic committee "seems to have an aversion to a robust public policy debate on the important issues of the day. But given the positions on the issues they're forced to defend, I guess it's to be expected that they'd try to muzzle Freedom's Watch's First Amendment rights." He said the ads were issue-based.
This article appears in the May 3, 2008, edition of National Journal Daily PM Update.