The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has withdrawn a recent report touting liberal tax policy ideas as “nonpartisan” in the wake an investigation by The Daily Caller into its author’s Democratic Party donations.
The report concluded that tax cuts for upper-income earners in America don’t spur economic growth. The report’s author is a frequent donor to the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama.
Thomas Hungerford authored “Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945″ for CRS. The report, published Sept. 14, supported the Obama’s administration’s tax policy.
Hungerford’s LinkedIn profile shows he has worked at CRS since 2005. In 2008, political donation records published by the Center for Responsive Politics show Hungerford donated $3,500 to Obama’s campaign. He gave the president another $500 in August 2012.
Since 2009, Hungerford has also donated $2,450 to Democratic Party organizations such as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
In October 2000, when he worked as an economist for the Social Security Administration, Hungerford donated $500 to Democratic presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore.
When TheDC first reported Hungerford’s record of political donations on Sept. 25, the supposedly nonpartisan fact arbiter CRS stood by the pro-liberal report. Spokeswoman Janine D’Addario touted the agency’s claims of apolitical research then said the report went through a lengthy review process.
“He [Hungerford] does the analysis, and then the analysis is reviewed by multiple levels before the document is issued,” D’Addario said at the time.
“The work that CRS does for Congress is objective and nonpartisan,” D’Addario added. “To help insure that, all of the work that comes out of the organization goes through peer-review, section-review, division-review and then departmental-review. There is a multilayer review process to help ensure objectivity and nonpartisanship. This paper followed that process.”
She said the people who review Hungerford’s work “would be peer review, his immediate supervisor, his immediate supervisor’s supervisor — the manager of the division he’s in — and then CRS has a departmental review panel that reads through every piece that goes out.”