Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I previously blogged my Pepperdine colleague Rob Anderson's work showing that 95% of political contributions in the 2012 presidential campaign made by lawyers at the IRS went to Obama rather than to Romney. Rob followed up yesterday with a fascinating post with an email from an IRS attorney in Cincinnati:
The IRS lawyer's email provides a valuable perspective on the other side of the debate, one that attributes the support of Democrats by federal government attorneys to perceived hostility of Republicans toward government workers. The basic thesis of the email is that "if there is a lack of political diversity among federal government attorneys, it can be attributed almost entirely to the Republican Party agenda." The full text of the email is reprinted below.
The IRS lawyer's email raises three important points of comparison to my analysis. First, the IRS lawyer generally agrees that federal government attorneys substantially support Democrats but disagrees about why. He or she argues that these lawyers are Democrats in part because federal government lawyers convert from Republicans to Democrats once employed by the government. The reason, according to the IRS lawyer, is the perceived hostility of the Republican party to federal regulation and government workers. Finally, the IRS lawyer argues that even if the IRS lawyers are mostly Democrats, partisan politics is never an influence in the work of the agency.