The National Republican Congressional Committee is running advertisements that call on Democrats to return campaign contributions from the union representing Internal Revenue Service employees.
The NRCC says that the National Treasury Employees Union gave over $700,000 to select Democrats and campaign organizations — including President Obama, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
The group is now running advertisements on Facebook and StumbleUpon calling on those individuals and groups to return the contributions.
“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,” NRCC Spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said. “It’s time for Democrats to give back this tainted money.”
The NRCC’s attempt to tie Democrats to the IRS comes as the nation’s tax collector is embroiled in scandal and faces lawsuits, hearings and investigations for its targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
While Democrats have accepted campaign contributions from the IRS union, so too have Republicans, albeit by much smaller margins.
In 2012, 94 percent of the NTEU’s campaign contributions went to Democratic candidates, PACs, and party committees, while Republicans received only 4 percent. In 2010, 97 percent of the union’s campaign contributions went to Democrats and 2 percent went to Republicans.