November 08, 2012

Most Key Lawmakers for Nonprofits Win Re-Election

Several Congressional candidates with key positions on committees that influence nonprofit policy won re-election Tuesday. They include:

• Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax-exempt organizations.

• Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which also oversees tax-exempt organization.

• Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee's oversight subcommittee, the panel that investigates alleged charity abuses.

But the oversight subcommittee's chairman, Charles Boustany of Louisiana—who has been holding a series of hearings about charity regulation—faces a runoff election next month as required by state law because no candidate won a majority of votes. He will face Rep. Jeff Landry, also a Republican congressman. They are contesting a new district that was drawn after Louisiana lost one seat due to redistricting.

Republicans maintained control of the House and Democrats the Senate, so committee chairmanships will not shift to a new party in either chamber.

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