As MSNBC reported this morning, the NRCC is running paid Facebook and StumbleUpon ads beginning today, calling on House Democrats to give back the hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash they’ve taken from the scandal-ridden IRS.
That’s right – at the same time the agency was targeting conservative organizations, Democrats, including the DCCC, were gleefully cashing checks totaling over $700,000 from the IRS’s union.
NRCC COMMENT: “No wonder Democrats want higher taxes – their campaigns are funded by the IRS. Despite their faux outrage over the IRS scandal, House Democrats have tried to keep secret that they’re campaigns were funded by the agency now embroiled in scandal. It’s time for Democrats to give back this tainted money.” – NRCC Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato
MSNBC: EXCLUSIVE: NRCC hits lawmakers over IRS cash. The GOP’s House campaign arm will start running paid Facebook and StumbleUpon ads calling on Democrats to return contributions they may have received from the IRS union. From the NRCC release: “The IRS has been embroiled in controversy all week for improperly investigating conservative groups. But as the agency was targeting these organizations, Democrats were gleefully cashing checks totaling over $700,000 from the IRS’s union and the National Republican Congressional Committee is ready to hold them accountable for their hypocrisy.”
Selected Democrats and Campaign Organizations Who Received Contributions From The IRS’s Union:
Barack Obama, DCCC, DNC, AmeriPAC, Joe Baca, Ron Barber, John Barrow, Ami Bera, Tim Bishop, Cheri Bustos, Lois Capps, Jim Clyburn, Jim Costa, Peter DeFazio, Suzan DelBene, Bill Enyart, Elizabeth Esty, Bill Foster, Lois Frankel, Pete Gallego, John Garamendi, Joe Garcia, Alan Grayson, Steven Horsford, Steny Hoyer, Steve Israel, Bill Keating, Ann Kirkpatrick, Annie Kuster, David Loebsack, Dan Maffei, Sean Patrick Maloney, Jim Matheson, Mike McIntyre, Mike Michaud, Patrick Murphy, Rick Nolan, Bill Owens, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Collin Peterson, Nick Rahall, Raul Ruiz, Brad Schneider, Kurt Schrader, Carol Shea-Porter, Kyrsten Sinema, Louise Slaughter, John Tierney, Tim Walz, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Above Democrats And Organizations Took Over $700,000 In Campaign Contributions From The National Treasury Employees Union. (OpenSecrets.org, Accessed On 5/16/13
The National Treasury Employees Union Represents IRS Employees. “NTEU-represented agencies: Internal Revenue Service.” (“About NTEU, National Treasury Employees Union, Accessed On 5/16/13)
According To A Report From The Treasury’s Inspector General, “Ineffective Management” At The IRS Led To The Recent Scandal. “Ineffective management at the Internal Revenue Service allowed agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, an internal Treasury Department report said Tuesday. Lax managers allowed the practice to go on for more than 18 months, said the report from the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.” (“Inspector General Says Ineffective Management At IRS Allowed Agents To Target Tea Party Groups,” Associated Press, 5/14/13)
The Associated Press Reported That Senior IRS Officials Knew Of The Targeting In 2011. “Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.” (“IRS Targeted Tea Party Groups Earlier Than 2012,” Associated Press, 5/11/13)