IRS Political Organization Website Closed to Public Viewers

The Internal Revenue Service website that the public and media used to view and research political organization contributions and expenditures has been unavailable for use by the public for the last two weeks.

This does not bode well for viewing new filings expected within a week from the Republican and Democratic Governors Associations, both Section 527 organizations. With a hot race for governor in Virginia, both associations are probably moving large amounts of money into the state.

Republican Governors Association Democratic Governors Association

The billions of dollars from the earlier cycles, the $11 million reported for the first quarter of 2013, and any new reports for the second quarter of 2013 filed since July 1 are not available. The IRS website states the search and viewing site is "temporarily unavailable." The download capability is also "temporarily unavailable."