President Obama received more than $110,000 from IRS employees for his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, topping all rival candidates, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.
Federal Election Commission records show that IRS employees gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about $25,000 — less than half the amount received by Mr. Obama. The GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, collected only about $6,000 from IRS employees, the center found.
A top IRS official apologized last week for targeting conservative opponents of Mr. Obama, including tea party groups, for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. An inspector general’s report blamed lax oversight, and the Justice Department on Tuesday began a criminal investigation.
A report from the Treasury inspector general for tax administration said the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” in reviewing the conservative groups.
Mr. Obama said Tuesday night the agency’s actions were “outrageous” and that he expects those responsible to be punished.