The budget request, or lack thereof, comes after Mulvaney announced a wider, all-encompassing review of the agency.
The investigation into whether or not Scott Walker and dark money groups illegally coordinated the expenditure of $30 million to win the 2012 recall elections is still alive.
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Andrew Smith is the author of "Totally Wired: on the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle" and"Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth." You can follow him at @wiresmith.