IRS attorney, hired to handle targeting scandal, is major Dem donor

IRS attorney, hired to handle targeting scandal, is major Dem donor

[Ed. – In other news, dog bites man.]

Former IRS attorney Jennifer O’Connor, who now works in the White House Counsel’s office, donated a total of $12,831 to Democrat candidates and parties between 2008 and 2012, which included donations to the Barack Obama campaign and to the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to records from OpenSecrets.gov.

O’Connor made headlines when she evaded questions about the IRS-Tea Party scandal at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, June 24. …

According to testimony from the IRS chief counsel Neil Eggleston, O’Connor was hired by the IRS for the sole purpose of overseeing the agency’s response to congressional investigations of the IRS targeting scandal.

O’Connor, who now works in the White House Counsel Office, was an IRS attorney, a former Clinton administration aide, and a former attorney at WilmerHale, a prominent legal firm with offices worldwide. While at WilmerHale, O’Connor donated $12,831 to Democrat candidates and parties, according to Open Secrets records. …

At the hearing, O’Connor refused to answer questions from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) regarding people she had worked with during her time at the IRS.

“Why are you being so elusive?” Chaffetz asked O’Connor. “You named three people that you report to. I want to hear people that you asked questions to — that ran, got the information and then came back and gave you information. Name one person in that category.”

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