Watchdog Group Sues IRS Over Dark Money Rules | Talking Points Memo

David Gill, an emergency room physician, ran for Congress as a Democrat in Illinois’ 13th District last year. Gill’s platform included ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, eliminating subsidies for oil companies, defending gun rights in Congress, and reining in “profiteering” in health care. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, a dark money group called the American Action Network spent more than $1 million on negative ads opposing Gill. On Election Day, Gill lost to his opponent, Republican Rodney Davis, by .3 percent of the vote.Now, Gill has joined with the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) to sue the IRS, accusing the agency of creating a loophole that has allowed groups like the American Action Network to flourish. The civil suit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that Gill suffered economic harm and harm to his reputation as a result of “false and misleading” ads financed by the American Action Network.

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