Report: 95% Of IRS Lawyer Donations Went to Obama in 2012

Report: 95% Of IRS Lawyer Donations Went to Obama in 2012

An analysis by Pepperdine Law Professor Robert Anderson finds that 95% of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lawyers who made donations to candidates in the 2012 presidential race gave to President Barack Obama’s campaign.

“Lawyers are relevant because they are the ones taking the lead in writing regulations, litigating cases, and making delicate legal judgment calls in borderline cases,” writes Anderson on his legal blog, Witnesseth.

Anderson says 32 times as much money flowed to “Obama as to Romney from IRS lawyers.”

He then conducted an analysis of lawyers in other agencies.  The result: “the lawyers in every single federal government agency–from the Department of Education to the Department of Defense–contributed overwhelmingly to Obama compared to Romney.”

AGENCY

 

NUMBER OF LAWYERS CONTRIBUTING TO

PERCENT OBAMA

 

OBAMA

ROMNEY

NLRB

44

0

100.00%

UNITED NATIONS

23

0

100.00%

DEPT. OF EDUCATION

47

0

100.00%

DEPT. OF LABOR

66

2

97.06%

FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

65

2

97.01%

FINRA

26

1

96.30%

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMM.

23

1

95.83%

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

86

4

95.56%

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

80

4

95.24%

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

38

2

95.00%

FDIC

36

2

94.74%

DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY

34

2

94.44%

EEOC

32

2

94.12%

DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

26

2

92.86%

SEC

70

9

88.61%

DEPT. OF THE INTERIOR

20

3

86.96%

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

45

8

84.91%

DEPT. OF JUSTICE

455

87

83.95%

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN.

50

10

83.33%

FEDERAL GOVT (UNSPECIFIED)

289

74

79.61%

U.S. ARMY

37

15

71.15%

DEPT. OF DEFENSE

17

8

68.00%

Notes: Some categories overlap. I generally coded the employer at the level of specificity the reporting person disclosed the information even if it could fall within a broader category (e.g., U.S. Attorney versus Department of Justice). Because of wide variations in spelling and terminology, some contributors were undoubtedly left out of the data.

Anderson concludes, “The root of the problem is the rule by a class of career government employee lawyers who lack the diversity of opinion that is found in the non-lawyer private sector.”

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