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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 965

IRS Logo 2Following up on my previous posts, The Problem Is Not Just IRS Lawyers; The Problem Is All Federal Government Lawyers and A Cincinnati IRS Lawyer Speaks: We Are Democrats, But Nonpartisan Democrats:  The Daily Caller News Foundation, IRS Employees Fuel Democratic Candidates, Causes:

A Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of OpenSecrets.org data found Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees have backed Democrats over Republicans by 2-1 in their political donations over the last 25 years.

Donors listing the IRS as their employer have donated roughly $453,800 to Democratic candidates and causes and $221,400 to Republican candidates and causes since 1990. About one in four of the dollars for Democrats, or roughly $117,500, went to President Barack Obama.

But IRS employees since 1990 have also donated $203,000 to the National Treasury Employees Union, which in turn has given about 95 percent of its $6 million in political contributions to Democrats over the last 25 years, OpenSecrets.org data shows.

Disclosure of the huge bias among IRS employees for Democrats won’t help an agency under fire for years for illegally targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Federal tax officials illegally tried to silence hundreds of conservative and tea party non-profit applicants during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns.

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Comments

The main takeaway from this might be that people who work for the IRS don't do much in the way of political donations. A workforce in the 100k range (declining yes) over 25 years. Does not seem to amount to very much.

Posted by: Peter Reilly | Dec 30, 2015 11:20:28 AM

This seems like a major conflict of interest. Time to do away with government unions.

Posted by: Linda Cummings | Dec 31, 2015 4:19:12 AM