DOWNERS GROVE — U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax (R-IL) called for an immediate halt to newly announced Internal Revenue Service bonuses, calling them an “affront to anyone who believes in the First Amendment.”
The announcement by the IRS chief comes amid one of the most blatant systematic abuses of federal power in recent years, Truax said. The IRS targeted conservative groups across America, stifling their First Amendment rights of free expression. Investigations of the abuse are ongoing and no one has been brought to justice.
“Instead of bonuses, there ought to be pink slips,” said Truax. “This administration and it allies like Dick Durbin expressed outrage over the IRS scandal a few months ago and now they are silent while some of employees responsible are getting taxpayer supported bonuses.”
Truax called on Durbin to denounce the bonuses. He said Durbin probably lacks the political courage because he has accepted $13,500 in campaign donations from the National Treasury Employees Union PAC, which represents many IRS workers.
Those campaign donations:
- $2,500 on 7/14/08
- $1,000 on 6/27/07
- $2,500 on 3/30/07
- $2,000 on 6/26/02
- $500 on 12/21/01
- $5,000 on 6/7/01
The National Treasury Employees Union PAC is a huge money machine for Democrats. As of mid-2013, it had donated $1.63 million to candidates, more than 96 percent Democrats, according to the National Review.
Truax said if Durbin is not willing to stand up for taxpayers against the bonuses, he ought to return the $13,500 in donations.
“Either Dick Durbin represents his union campaign donors or he represents the taxpayers of his state and nation,” Truax said.