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Topic - Craig Engle
The woman at the center of the IRS scandal was put on paid administrative leave Thursday, marking the second agency official to be removed over the inappropriate scrutiny of conservative groups.
A serious turn in the federal probe of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2010 campaign and a recent trickle of subpoenas to D.C. Council members is delving into the tricky — and supposedly arms-length — role that candidates play at the roulette wheel of political funding and influence.
"Her default position is that money and politics is suspicious, so the people with more money are more likely to have violated the law," said Craig Engle, now a private attorney.
As Republicans, the tea party and conservative Christian groups became more active, powerful and wealthier in recent years, he said they increasingly have been targets of Ms. Lerner.