The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a press release Friday calling on New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen to return the $5,000 in campaign contributions she’s received from the union representing IRS employees.
“While Democrats were pushing the IRS to target conservatives and other political enemies, their campaigns benefited from more than half a million dollars in campaign contributions from the IRS union,” Brad Dayspring, the NRSC’s communications director, stated. “After years of pressuring the IRS to crackdown on their political opponents, Jeanne Shaheen and her Democratic colleagues must be honest with taxpayers and return the IRS union’s contributions immediately.”
The release cites disclosure documents showing Shaheen receiving a $5,000 check to her campaign coffers from the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents employees of the embattled government agency.
It marks the second line of criticism Shaheen herself has gotten regarding the IRS scandal this week. A 2012 letter from her and several other Democratic colleagues in the Senate, calling on the IRS to scrutinize the tax-exempt status of social-welfare organizations they felt waded too far into political campaigns, has resurfaced in news coverage of the fallout.
In what would appear an attempt to divert attention from last year’s letter, Shaheen has called for a full audit of the IRS.