Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal

June 19, 2014

Sen. Mark Udall

Sen. Mark Udall

WASHINGTON –- Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled.

Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees, according to the Center For Responsive Politics.

“Mark Udall hasn’t said a word about the missing emails and is sitting back rather than demanding answers,” said Brook Hougesen, NRSC press secretary.

“This is just another instance of Mark Udall putting his own political career above the well-being of Coloradans. Sen. Udall not only refuses to say whether he will return the contributions from the IRS union, but he refuses to demand additional information from President Obama and the IRS about this deeply concerning scandal,” Hougesen said.

Udall’s Senate office referred a request for comment to his campaign office, which did not respond.

Other Democratic senators who took campaign donations from the IRS union include Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana who received $25,500, Al Frankin of Minnesota with $5,000, and Mark Begich of Alaska who took $2,500.

The IRS told Congress last week that due to a computer crash, it had lost two years of Lois Lerner’s emails beginning January 2009 through April 2011. The agency was ordered to turn over the documents as part of the ongoing investigation into the agency’s handling of conservative groups.

In its Freedom of Information request, the NRSC asked for all correspondence between the lawmakers and top officials from Jan. 1, 2009 through May 21, 2013.

Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee investigating the IRS, said the missing emails calls into question the agency’s credibility.

“There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the inspector general,” Camp said.

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4 Responses to Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal

  1. Roxanne Paine
    June 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    the web of lies will continue to ensnare.

  2. Steve Dorman
    June 20, 2014 at 2:37 am

    We need a court to order independent civilian investigation into the computer systems. No one from the gov’t…..just a top notch computer expert to look for these “lost” emails.

  3. Jim
    June 22, 2014 at 3:50 am

    We need a new government, you know, like the one specified in our Constitution. With checks and balances, seperation of powers etc.

    This one is about finished, net result of Congress and Senate delegating their powers to the Executive Branch alphabet soup of agencies, and the Courts usurpation of the citizens power to strike down unjust laws per jury verdict.


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