Shea-Porter’s Dealings with the IRS Called into Question
MANCHESTER - On Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s required financial submission form, it lists the simultaneous receipt of a pension and a salary from the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS. Additionally, she has received $10,000 from the IRS Union PAC over the last three cycles.
Given her record of protecting the IRS at the expense of her constituents, her financial dealings with them appear to be a significant conflict of interest.
Jay Ruais, Campaign Manager for Frank Guinta for Congress, released the following statement:
“As New Hampshire families and small businesses struggle with and through the labyrinth that is the IRS, why was Congresswoman Shea-Porter so quick to defend the bureaucracy at last night's debate with Frank Guinta? Congresswoman Shea-Porter benefits from a pension and a salary from the IRS while she votes to protect the agency, in addition to collecting thousands of dollars from the IRS union. Middle class Granite Staters are working hard to pay their bills while she puts politics ahead of people. She began her career claiming to be “for the rest of us”, now she’s just like the rest of them.
Does Carol Shea-Porter think it is acceptable to benefit from a pension and a salary of taxpayer dollars at the same time from the IRS, while voting to protect their interests in Washington?”
As a Member of Congress, Shea-Porter has taken several significant votes to protect the IRS.
- On May 7, 2014: Roll No. 203 on H Res 574: House of Representatives voted to find Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations at the IRS in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Shea-Porter voted NO.
- July 16, 2014: Roll No. 420. H.Amdt. 1090 to H.R. 5016, DeSantis. An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to the IRS may be obligated or expended on conferences. Amendment passed 264-157 with 42 Democrats and 222 Republicans voting yes. Shea-Porter voted NO.
- July 16, 2014: Roll No. 427. H.R. 5016 passed with bipartisan support, the legislation cut $1 billion from the Internal Revenue Service, Shea-Porter voted NO.