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FGI’S MCGINNIS: ‘TAX DAY SHOULD REMIND EVERY AMERICAN OF THE NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE IRS’

By Emily Bevard (Georgia Business Daily)

April 19, 2022

Monday, April 18, was Tax Day here in the U.S. — a day Americans give the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) information about their sensitive financial matters, expecting the IRS to keep such information private. But in light of recent scandals at the IRS, the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) is concerned about the possibility of Americans’ private information being leaked.

In a release Monday, FGI Spokesperson Peter McGinnis noted that accountability begins with transparency, which the group is still waiting to obtain through their many requests to the IRS. FGI has launched multiple investigations into scandals associated with the IRS in recent years, pressing the agency for accountability.

“Tax Day may not be a fun day, and it certainly isn’t a cheap day, but it shouldn’t be a scary day,” McGinnis said in the release. “Yet with leaks of sensitive data, targeting of organizations based on their politics and an unprecedented power grab for more authority and IRS agents, this Tax Day should remind every American of the need for accountability at the IRS.”

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FUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE LOOKS INTO IRS ON TAX DAY IN NORTH CAROLINA: ‘ACCOUNTABILITY BEGINS WITH TRANSPARENCY’

By Laurie A. Luebbert (North Carolina Business Daily)

April 18, 2022

Considering that Americans have to provide sensitive and private financial information to the IRS, Tax Day (Monday this year) is becoming more of a concern.

The possibility of the IRS leaking private information looms for many, including the Functional Government Initiative (FGI). Against that backdrop, the group has opened investigations in an effort to achieve transparency from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“Tax Day may not be a fun day, and it certainly isn’t a cheap day, but it shouldn’t be a scary day,” Peter McGinnis, spokesperson for the FGI, told North Carolina Business Daily. “Yet, with leaks of sensitive data, targeting of organizations based on their politics, and an unprecedented power grab for more authority and IRS agents, this Tax Day should remind every American of the need for accountability at the IRS.”

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Functional Government Initiative: ‘Nothing of substance has been done’ about high gas prices in North Carolina

By David Hutton (Cabarrus Today)

April 18, 2022

The Biden administration’s latest move concerning high gas prices has been to invoke the Defense Production Act, which concerns electric vehicles, not American energy production.

This is drawing the ire of the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) and is fueling its latest government investigation.

According to FGI, “The Functional Government Initiative is a new organization dedicated to improving the American public’s awareness about the officials, decisions and priorities of their government.”

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‘Nothing of substance has been done’: FGI criticizes Biden’s energy policy

By John Kelly (Houston Daily)

April 18, 2022

The Biden administration’s latest decision pertaining to high gas prices has been to invoke the Defense Production Act, which pertains to electric vehicles, not American energy production.

This is the newest area of concern for the Functional Government Initiative (FGI), and has prompted their most recent government investigation.

“Exploring the expansion of domestic extraction of minerals is a good step because it may create jobs for the next generation of American workers, but it does not tackle the current fuel crisis,” Functional Government Initiative Spokesman Peter McGinnis said. “We are on month two of ‘We will do everything we can to lower gas prices,’ yet nothing of substance has been done to accomplish that – as you can see every time you fill up your tank. Either the administration is hoping the problem will fix itself or that Americans will surrender to astronomically high gas prices. Neither scenario appears plausible. Along with inflation in general, energy prices are crushing the American dream. FGI will continue its investigation of which special interests are dictating the government’s handling of this energy crisis.”

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‘Energy prices are crushing the American dream’: Functional Government Initiative discontent with Biden’s handling of high prices at Wisconsin’s pumps

By Andy Nghiem (Northwoods Reporter)

April 18, 2022

The Functional Government Initiative (FGI) is questioning the motives behind the Biden administration’s latest actions to address soaring gas prices in Wisconsin and across the U.S.

In the midst of the U.S. experiencing the highest gas prices in history for the second month in a row and inflation being at a 40-year high, President Joe Biden has announced that the administration will be invoking the Defense Production Act, according to a release from the FGI. This move is said to be an attempt to ease potential supply chain issues for electric vehicle components. The FGI has voiced its discontent regarding this announcement and pointed out this move is just another way for the administration to move the American public away from gasoline and toward electric vehicles.

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FGI criticizes Biden administration’s ‘perplexing’ move to invoke Defense Production Act

By Bob Martin (Keystone Today)

April 15, 2022

With gas prices the highest they have been since 2008 and inflation at the highest it’s been since 1981, the Biden administration recently announced that it will invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA).

The decision comes as the administration is trying to ease potential supply chain concerns for electric vehicle parts, according to the Functional Government Initiative website.

The move is another way for the Biden administration to move the public away from gasoline and toward electric vehicles, FGI reported. The order reportedly will move funds to private projects surrounding the extraction of minerals used for building electric car batteries. This includes lithium, cobalt, graphite, nickel, and manganese.

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FGI: ‘Nothing of substance has been done’ to lower Nevada’s gas prices

By Art Benavidez (NW Clark News)

April 15, 2022

The Functional Government Initiative (FGI) has released a report contending that the introduction of the Defense Production Act by the Biden administration has more to do with its stake in the production of electric vehicles (EVs) than remedying the country’s lagging energy efforts.

The move comes on the heels of inflation in the country being at a 40-year high and is rooted in the Biden administration’s efforts to move the country to renewable energy, the recent report said. Invoking the act facilitates money for private developments geared toward removing lithium and cobalt, which are critical components to the manufacturing of EV batteries.

Should the initiative become successful, it could lead to less U.S. reliance on China; the report said. But that would not present a clear pathway to remedy the current inflation surge or lower energy prices in the short-term.

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Report: IRS Has ‘No Records’ on Proposal to Increase Funding for More Agents

By Paul Bois (Breitbart)

April 21, 2022

Conservatives readied their battle stations in 2021 when President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan included a provision to require banks to give information to the IRS on accounts with $600 or more in annual transactions. The policy would have also applied to peer-to-peer apps like Venmo, CashApp, and Zelle.

At the time, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the proposal would close a $7 trillion tax gap over the next decade.

“The proposal involves no reporting of individual transactions of any individual,” Yellen told CBS News. “The big picture is, look, we have a tax gap that over the next decade is estimated at $7 trillion. Namely, a shortfall in the amount the IRS is collecting due to a failure of individuals to report the income that they have earned.”

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Watchdog group: Oklahoma taxpayers should ‘ask tough questions’ on state COVID-19 spending

By David Beasley (Sooner State News)

April 8, 2022

Oklahomans should “ask tough questions and demand transparency” from the administration of Gov. Kevin Stitt on how COVID-19 relief funds are spent, a watchdog group said.

“While lead federal watchdogs have made it clear that waste, fraud, and abuse were rampant within the government’s pandemic relief efforts, it is clear there has been lax oversight and controls at the state level, too, as massive sums of federal COVID-19 money were handed out,” said Peter McGinnis, communication director for the Functional Government Initiative. “We’ve seen where reports from legislative watchdogs and official state audits in Oklahoma highlight to taxpayers that efforts to curb waste must be strengthened. The people of Oklahoma should continue to ask tough questions and demand transparency and accountability from the state‘s government over the handling of pandemic relief funds.”

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McGinnis: ‘FGI will be appealing the FTC’s decision to withhold all documents related to a possible investigation into the oil and gas industry’

By Andy Nghiem (DOJ Newswire)

March 29, 2022

The Biden administration is continuing to place the blame on the oil and gas industry for sky-high American gas prices, but the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) believes that the administration’s own energy policies is causing gas prices to skyrocket.

The FGI recently requested access to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) documents regarding their ongoing investigation of the oil and gas industry to determine how the Biden administration’s energy policies may be impacting the cost of oil and gas, according to the FGI’s website. The request was denied, which leads the FGI to believe that gas prices are a result of the administration’s energy policies, not profiteering or price gouging by the oil and gas industry.

In recent weeks, President Joe Biden repeated his belief that the oil and gas industry may be price gouging or profiteering, this time citing the war between Russia and Ukraine. The FGI asserted that this statement simply reflects broader opposition to the domestic oil and gas industry, or an attempt to shift blame from the federal government’s role in driving inflation higher over the past year. Although there is proof of pump prices being on the rise before the war in Ukraine, FGI said the domestic oil and gas industry appears to be a constant bogeyman for the Biden administration.

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