Senate Democrats received more than $570,000 from IRS Union
Washington, D.C. – This week news broke that Senate Democrats were guilty of pressuring the IRS to target many of the conservative groups that the embattled agency now stands accused of doing. But, a closer look reveals further evidence of Jeanne Shaheen's feigning outrage: Shaheen was reaping the benefits from Democrats' close relationship with the IRS, receiving $5,000 from the IRS Employees Union.
"While Democrats were pushing the IRS to target conservatives and other political enemies, their campaigns benefited from more than half a million dollars in campaign contributions from the IRS union," said NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. "After years of pressuring the IRS to crackdown on their political opponents, Jeanne Shaheen and her Democratic colleagues must be honest with taxpayers and return the IRS union's contributions immediately."
Since 1998, Sitting Senate Democrats Have Received $571,000 From The IRS Employees Union – The National Treasury Employees Union. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 5/17/13)
Jeanne Shaheen Received $5,000 From The IRS Employees Union – The National Treasury Employees Union. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 5/17/13)
The National Treasury Employees Union Represents IRS Employees. “NTEU-represented agencies: Internal Revenue Service.” (National Treasury Employees Union, http://www.nteu.org/NTEU/#strong, Accessed On 5/17/13)
“With growing scrutiny of the role of tax-exempt groups in political campaigns, Congressional Republicans are pushing back against Democrats by warning about the possible misuse of the Internal Revenue Service to audit conservative groups….And the Republicans are also upset about an I.R.S. review requested by Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who leads the Finance Committee, into the political activities of tax-exempt groups. Such a review threatens to "chill the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights," wrote two Republican senators, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Jon Kyl of Arizona, in a letter sent to the I.R.S. ... Democrats dismissed the Republicans' complaints as groundless.” (New York Times, Republicans See a Political Motive in I.R.S. Audits, 10/6/10 )
“The Internal Revenue Service is caught in an election-year struggle between Democratic lawmakers pressing for a crackdown on nonprofit political groups and conservative organizations accusing the tax agency of conducting a politically charged witch hunt.” (New York Times, Scrutiny of Political Nonprofits Sets Off Claim of Harassment , 3/6/2012)