Skip to comments.A Partisan Union at the IRS
Posted on 05/20/2013 7:15:28 PM PDT by neverdem
Nearly two-thirds of campaign contributions from IRS employees go to Democrats.
NTEU president Colleen Kelley
The IRS may be an independent enforcement agency with only two political appointees, in the words of White House press secretary Jay Carney, but its employees are represented by a powerful, deeply partisan union whose boss has publicly disparaged the Tea Party and criticized the Republican party for having ties to it.
The White House continues to insist that profound incompetence, not partisan malice, led the IRS to single out conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. If the testimony of acting commissioner Steven Miller is true, incompetence was certainly a factor. But given all that has come to light about the agency and its employees in recent days, it would be hard to believe that its targeting of conservative groups wasnt also politically motivated.
This individual activity is tame compared with that of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents 150,000 federal employees across 31 agencies, including the IRS. The union endorsed Obama in both of his presidential runs and operates a political-action committee (PAC) that has donated $1.63 million to federal candidates and committees since 2008, more than 96 percent of it to help elect Democrats. During that period, IRS employees have contributed more than $67,000 to the PAC.
This past cycle, the union spent heavily on competitive House and Senate races. (In light of the recent scandal, the National Republican Campaign Committee is calling on Democrats to return NTEU contributions.) The unions members participated in other ways as well, by educating and organizing various types of activities around the country including candidate nights and volunteering for campaigns.
Colleen Kelley, the unions president since 1999, worked as a revenue agent for the IRS for 14 years, and her political leanings are clear. She has given nearly $5,000 to the NTEU PAC since 2007, and she donated $500 to John Kerrys presidential campaign in 2004. If her public statements are any indication, Kelley thinks none too highly of the Republican party, especially its more conservative elements such as the Tea Party.
In March 2011, when Congress was in talks over a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown, Kelley slammed the extreme elements of the GOP for insisting on meaningful reductions in federal spending. For months, budget negotiations have stalled in Congress as House Republicans have succumbed to extreme Tea Party elements rather than coming to common sense compromises, Kelley said in a statement. You have to be from Wonderland to believe that you can make severe cuts in government spending without sending the economy into a tailspin and cutting critical services Americans depend upon.
Kelley was highly critical of Paul Ryans (R., Wis.) most recent budget proposal, which called for a reduction in the federal work force as well as reforms to benefits and pension programs for federal employees. The Ryan budget proposal would worsen our nation in so many ways, she said in March 2013.
Kelley appears to wield considerable influence in Democratic circles and the Obama administration. Under her leadership, the NTEU has spent nearly $7.5 million lobbying the federal government. Since Obama took office, she has been to the White House at least eleven times to meet with high-ranking officials such as Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to visitor logs. She has also met directly with the president and the first lady.
In November 2010, President Obama nominated Kelley to serve on the Federal Salary Council, an obscure panel that nonetheless performs a vital role in recommending raises for most federal employees, as described by the Washington Post.
The Hill in a May 2012 profile observed that Kelly has had a hand in every major deficit negotiation since Republicans retook the House in 2010; she has tangled with the Tea Party and gone up against GOP standard-bearers Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Paul Ryan (Wis.).
There is no doubt that when we look at the implications of various budget proposals, we seek her input, Representative Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the leading Democratic on the House Budget Committee, said of Kelley.
As lawmakers continue to investigate the IRS scandal House and Senate committees will hold additional hearings this week Republicans will be eager to learn more about Kelleys knowledge of the IRS targeting of conservative groups and about the extent to which union members may have been involved. In a letter to IRS employees, Kelley said she believes no one intentionally did anything wrong, and promised to work to ensure that front-line employees are not treated unfairly.
She has already cast doubt on the Obama administrations claims that the IRS targeting of conservative groups was carried out by a handful of front-line employees in the agencys Cincinnati field office. No processes or procedures or anything like that would ever be done just by front-line employees without any management involvement, Kelley told the Associated Press last week. Thats just not how it operates.
Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online.
Looks like she could kick Richard Trumka’s ass....and almsot as purty....
The other one third goes to the communist party but IRS officials are working hard to have employees increase that percentage.
why in the hell are these people allowed to unionize. They work for us damnit.....
That tells the story right there. Dismantle this whole charade.
Now we know. The people who give life to the IRS find it in their personal interest to discriinate against conservative. And they are right. It’s pampered Federal employees against the citizens. We are natural enemies.
We can’t fix the IRS. We can only kill it.
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Commie ‘RATS running the IRS. Whadda country! That’s bad new for us old cold warriors who never thought we’d see the day America would be taken over by the commies.
No processes or procedures or anything like that would ever be done just by front-line employees without any management involvement, Kelley told the Associated Press last week. Thats just not how it operates.
Open mouth insert foot.
Moby Dick’s swimming mate....
Why isn’t it a violation of the Hatch act to have a public—Government —Union support anyone for President.
Who hired these incompetents?
How many were affirmative Action hires ?
Why are these incompetents still working there?
I know once you get a gubmint job your feet are in concrete.
Should we establish a rule that each Democrat employee be covered by an equal amount of republican employees/
A political quota system? Certainly we cannot continue to run an outfit this way.
that’s the FIRST thing that needs to happen. All federal employee’s unions need to be decertified because they have the power of the FBI, EPA, BATF, OSHA to make anybody’s life miserable that opposes their raises or tax increases.
They are thugs with muscle and protection of our current federal thugocracy.
We need to eliminate government unions for this nation to survive. Period!
Rep. Van Hollen: Boehner Has Given 'Veto Power' to 'Extreme' Tea Party (2012)
Just another odd coincidence that he loves her and her union, and hates the Tea Party.
Implement a FLAT TAX, eliminate the IRS AND all Public Sector Unions. NOW!!