Exception is taken to the scurrilous column (July 28) by new-conservative columnist Jeff Bergner. He was very selective in his exclusion of facts. The facts are that liberal/non-conservative groups were also audited by the IRS -- 122 conservative and 48 non-conservative groups were approved for tax exemptions. No conservative groups were denied exemption. Yet, three non-conservative groups were denied. If the IRS was on a partisan witch hunt, this is surely an odd way of showing it.
Time spent in representing employees by union stewards and officers, just like in private industry, is official time and underwritten by the employer or government. So quoting the cost to the government is totally irrelevant, other than Bergner attempting to turn the public against federal unions.
Sure, the IRS union makes political contributions, but it does not come from members' dues. Such contributions are given to a special fund (TEPAC) by employees on a strictly voluntary basis and off premise.
Such is not the case in private industry. Individual stock holders have no say in how much private corporations donate to political parties and candidates.
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And so what if the majority of union contributions go to Democrats? That is the party that is protecting the rights of federal employees and retirees who are part of the middle class. The Republican Party attempts to undermine and under-fund government agencies at the expense of the middle class.