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A Partisan Union at the IRS
National Review Online ^ | MAY 20, 2013 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 05/20/2013 7:15:28 PM PDT by neverdem

Nearly two-thirds of campaign contributions from IRS employees go to Democrats.

NTEU president Colleen Kelley

The IRS may be “an independent enforcement agency with only two political appointees,” in the words of White House press secretary Jay Carney, but its employees are represented by a powerful, deeply partisan union whose boss has publicly disparaged the Tea Party and criticized the Republican party for having ties to it.

The White House continues to insist that profound incompetence, not partisan malice, led the IRS to single out conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. If the testimony of acting commissioner Steven Miller is true, incompetence was certainly a factor. But given all that has come to light about the agency and its employees in recent days, it would be hard to believe that its targeting of conservative groups wasn’t also politically motivated.

As the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney and others have pointed out, the agency’s employees are heavily engaged in politics and lean considerably to the left. Records show that IRS employees in 2012 donated more than twice as much to the Obama as to the Romney campaign. Nearly two-thirds of all employee contributions over the last three elections cycles have gone to Democrats.

This individual activity is tame compared with that of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents 150,000 federal employees across 31 agencies, including the IRS. The union endorsed Obama in both of his presidential runs and operates a political-action committee (PAC) that has donated $1.63 million to federal candidates and committees since 2008, more than 96 percent of it to help elect Democrats. During that period, IRS employees have contributed more than $67,000 to the PAC.

This past cycle, the union spent heavily on competitive House and Senate races. (In light of the recent scandal, the National Republican Campaign Committee is calling on Democrats to return NTEU contributions.) The union’s members participated in other ways as well, by “educating and organizing various types of activities around the country including candidate nights and volunteering for campaigns.”

Colleen Kelley, the union’s president since 1999, worked as a revenue agent for the IRS for 14 years, and her political leanings are clear. She has given nearly $5,000 to the NTEU PAC since 2007, and she donated $500 to John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004. If her public statements are any indication, Kelley thinks none too highly of the Republican party, especially its more conservative elements such as the Tea Party.

In March 2011, when Congress was in talks over a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown, Kelley slammed the “extreme elements” of the GOP for insisting on meaningful reductions in federal spending. “For months, budget negotiations have stalled in Congress as House Republicans have succumbed to extreme Tea Party elements rather than coming to common sense compromises,” Kelley said in a statement. “You have to be from Wonderland to believe that you can make severe cuts in government spending without sending the economy into a tailspin and cutting critical services Americans depend upon.”

Kelley was highly critical of Paul Ryan’s (R., Wis.) most recent budget proposal, which called for a reduction in the federal work force as well as reforms to benefits and pension programs for federal employees. “The Ryan budget proposal would worsen our nation in so many ways,” she said in March 2013.

Kelley appears to wield considerable influence in Democratic circles and the Obama administration. Under her leadership, the NTEU has spent nearly $7.5 million lobbying the federal government. Since Obama took office, she has been to the White House at least eleven times to meet with high-ranking officials such as Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to visitor logs. She has also met directly with the president and the first lady.

In November 2010, President Obama nominated Kelley to serve on the Federal Salary Council, an “obscure” panel that nonetheless “performs a vital role in recommending raises for most federal employees,” as described by the Washington Post.

The Hill in a May 2012 profile observed that Kelly “has had a hand in every major deficit negotiation” since Republicans retook the House in 2010; she “has tangled with the Tea Party and gone up against GOP standard-bearers Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and Paul Ryan (Wis.).”

“There is no doubt that when we look at the implications of various budget proposals, we seek her input,” Representative Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the leading Democratic on the House Budget Committee, said of Kelley.

As lawmakers continue to investigate the IRS scandal — House and Senate committees will hold additional hearings this week — Republicans will be eager to learn more about Kelley’s knowledge of the IRS targeting of conservative groups and about the extent to which union members may have been involved. In a letter to IRS employees, Kelley said she believes “no one intentionally did anything wrong,” and promised to “work to ensure that front-line employees are not treated unfairly.”

She has already cast doubt on the Obama administration’s claims that the IRS targeting of conservative groups was carried out by a handful of “front-line” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati field office. “No processes or procedures or anything like that would ever be done just by front-line employees without any management involvement,” Kelley told the Associated Press last week. “That’s just not how it operates.”

— Andrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: colleenkelley; irs; kelley; nteu; obama; union; unions

1 posted on 05/20/2013 7:15:28 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Looks like she could kick Richard Trumka’s ass....and almsot as purty....


2 posted on 05/20/2013 7:18:21 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: neverdem

The other one third goes to the communist party but IRS officials are working hard to have employees increase that percentage.

/s


3 posted on 05/20/2013 7:19:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: neverdem

why in the hell are these people allowed to unionize. They work for us damnit.....

That tells the story right there. Dismantle this whole charade.


4 posted on 05/20/2013 7:19:26 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: neverdem

Now we know. The people who give life to the IRS find it in their personal interest to discriinate against conservative. And they are right. It’s pampered Federal employees against the citizens. We are natural enemies.

We can’t fix the IRS. We can only kill it.


5 posted on 05/20/2013 7:20:02 PM PDT by DManA
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To: neverdem; red irish; fastrock; NorthernCrunchyCon; UMCRevMom@aol.com; Finatic; fellowpatriot; ...
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6 posted on 05/20/2013 7:20:05 PM PDT by narses
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Moby Dick’s soulmate.


7 posted on 05/20/2013 7:20:11 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: neverdem

Commie ‘RATS running the IRS. Whadda country! That’s bad new for us old cold warriors who never thought we’d see the day America would be taken over by the commies.


8 posted on 05/20/2013 7:20:13 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

LOL!


9 posted on 05/20/2013 7:20:25 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

“No processes or procedures or anything like that would ever be done just by front-line employees without any management involvement,” Kelley told the Associated Press last week. “That’s just not how it operates.”

Open mouth insert foot.


10 posted on 05/20/2013 7:21:14 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nikos1121

BUMP


11 posted on 05/20/2013 7:22:15 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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12 posted on 05/20/2013 7:23:37 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: acapesket

Moby Dick’s swimming mate....


13 posted on 05/20/2013 7:23:46 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: neverdem

Why isn’t it a violation of the Hatch act to have a public—Government —Union support anyone for President.

Who hired these incompetents?

How many were affirmative Action hires ?

Why are these incompetents still working there?
I know once you get a gubmint job your feet are in concrete.

Should we establish a rule that each Democrat employee be covered by an equal amount of republican employees/
A political quota system? Certainly we cannot continue to run an outfit this way.


14 posted on 05/20/2013 7:24:26 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: neverdem

that’s the FIRST thing that needs to happen. All federal employee’s unions need to be decertified because they have the power of the FBI, EPA, BATF, OSHA to make anybody’s life miserable that opposes their raises or tax increases.

They are thugs with muscle and protection of our current federal thugocracy.


15 posted on 05/20/2013 7:24:49 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: neverdem

We need to eliminate government unions for this nation to survive. Period!


16 posted on 05/20/2013 7:25:01 PM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: neverdem
Freepers it's safe to assume that Obama gets more defiant when conservatives attack him. So let's do some reverse psychology. As a joke I'm creating a "Republicans Against Partisan Gridlock Committee." For your heads up it doesn't exist and it will never exist, but feel free to copy and paste the RAGPC's 10-point platform on liberal media outlets, create Obama fan club websites, open RAGPC Twitter and Fac俄book accounts. Show a sense of humor and see if any Democrats say, "these are brilliant ideas." We, the Republicans Against Partisan Gridlock Committee, stand tall with our righteous brothers and sisters at: ACORN, SEIU, NAACP, LULAC, La Raza, OFA, Open Society, Media Matters, PETA, Greenpeace and billionaire oil tycoon George Soros to endorse President Barack Obama's call for an end to partisan gridlock and to favor one party Democratic Party rule in Washington D.C. We need to hit the streets, do some community organizing, broadcast our message to the MSM and support Obama's progressive agenda by any means necessary. Here's our 10-point platform for a more Leftist USA: 1. Donate only to Obama's Organizing for Action group and never give cash to the Democrat National Committee (DNC). Did you know there's still a few Democratic Party elected officials who might be 2nd Amendment sympathizers? 2. Cast moderates out of the Democrat Party and tell them they can join the evil Republicans. These Democrats are wolves in sheeps’ clothing. 3. Boycott watching MSNBC's Chris Matthews Hardball TV show. Matthews had the audacity to criticize Obama recently and hinted he no longer gets a tingling in his legs. 4. Support gay marriage so Barack Obama and Reggie Love can get married in the White House. 5. Abolish the U.S. Constitution since it is slowing down our progressive agenda. 6. Let's endorse a lifetime presidency for Obama. Who needs Hillary Clinton when we all know Obama is our true messiah. 7. Exempt all registered Democrats from income and sales taxes, but not ObamaCare taxes, while imposing 90% income and sales on registered Republicans. 8. Declare Islam a state religion and enforce sharia law on GOP Christian voters. 9. Assign the ObamaCare Death Panel to kill all senior citizens who are registered Republicans. 10. Subsidize and support the MSM. Ensure that only registered Democrats work for these media outlets. (Oh wait, it's already Mission Accomplished on that one, my bad).
17 posted on 05/20/2013 7:25:38 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: neverdem
“There is no doubt that when we look at the implications of various budget proposals, we seek her input,” Representative Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the leading Democratic on the House Budget Committee...

Rep. Van Hollen: Boehner Has Given 'Veto Power' to 'Extreme' Tea Party (2012)

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/rep-van-hollen-boehner-has-given-veto-power-extreme-tea-party

Just another odd coincidence that he loves her and her union, and hates the Tea Party.

18 posted on 05/20/2013 7:29:15 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: neverdem

Implement a FLAT TAX, eliminate the IRS AND all Public Sector Unions. NOW!!


19 posted on 05/20/2013 7:29:30 PM PDT by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: TexGrill

MY EYES!


20 posted on 05/20/2013 7:30:05 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: acapesket

“There she blows!-there she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is Moby Dick!”


21 posted on 05/20/2013 7:33:34 PM PDT by digger48
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To: TexGrill

LOL!


22 posted on 05/20/2013 7:34:18 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: neverdem

Nearly two-thirds of campaign contributions from IRS employees go to Democrats.
***Wouldn’t it be interesting to propose and enforce a law that requires that ~50% of contributions from IRS personnel be to each party evenly? A “proactive reverse discrimination” such as the Bakke case in California.


23 posted on 05/20/2013 7:35:07 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: neverdem; maggief

Is Kelly their bundler?
Can we find out who is?


24 posted on 05/20/2013 7:36:06 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: Kevmo
***Wouldn’t it be interesting to propose and enforce a law that requires that ~50% of contributions from IRS personnel be to each party evenly? A “proactive reverse discrimination” such as the Bakke case in California.

Interesting, but blatantly unconstitutional.

25 posted on 05/20/2013 7:56:42 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: neverdem

The party of gubmint is always going to root for more gubmint.

Name a gubmint union that donates to politicians who want to cut the size of gubmint.

Public Sector Unions: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups

http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/contrib.php?ind=P04&cycle=2012


26 posted on 05/20/2013 7:56:51 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Howie66

Keep in mind, none of what leftists state as fact about private unions is true of government unions as was also once stated by FDR in his 1937 to Mr. Steward declining an invitation to the Twentieth Jubilee Convention of the National Federation of Federal Employees (he stated why collective bargaining for government was an extraordinarily bad idea.)

Even union icons such as George Meany, the legendary former president of the AFL-CIO, dismissed the workability of public sector unions as “impossible.” In Wisconsin, even the socialist mayor of Milwaukee in the 1950s, Frank Zeidler, opposed public sector unions.


27 posted on 05/20/2013 7:58:22 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

If it’s unconstitutional one way, then why isn’t it unconstitutional the other? What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.


28 posted on 05/20/2013 8:01:23 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: neverdem

Government unions should be illegal and political proselytizing should be grounds for immediate dismissal on the first offense.


29 posted on 05/20/2013 8:03:15 PM PDT by edboock (The United States Constitution ©1787, All Rights Reserved)
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To: nikos1121
They work for us damnit.....

No, we just pay them to abuse their power.

30 posted on 05/20/2013 8:09:11 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: nikos1121

There should not be allowed any labor union in any Federal agency, or in any Federal government office. This is totally abhorrent to all of the principles on which this country is based. Do we have to repeat 1776 to fix all this?


31 posted on 05/20/2013 8:10:36 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: neverdem

32 posted on 05/20/2013 8:11:03 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: neverdem

WHAT DOES IT MATTER. Colleen is a Beauty and a roll model in Obumber’s aMeriKa.


33 posted on 05/20/2013 8:14:15 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: Kevmo

What do you mean, “why isn’t it unconstitutional the other?”


34 posted on 05/20/2013 8:14:21 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Venturer

“I know once you get a gubmint job your feet are in concrete.”

Seems this makes it easy to fix...just dump ‘em in the deepest ocean trench...one between Florida and Bimini seems appropriate.


35 posted on 05/20/2013 8:17:13 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: neverdem

Guess Reagan didn’t go far enough.

FDR didn’t even want federal employee unions.


36 posted on 05/20/2013 8:23:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Kevmo: Wouldn’t it be interesting to propose and enforce a law that requires that ~50% of contributions from IRS personnel be to each party evenly? A “proactive reverse discrimination” such as the Bakke case in California.

COAC: Interesting, but blatantly unconstitutional.... What do you mean, “why isn’t it unconstitutional the other?”
***You claim that my proposal is unconstitutional. And yet, currently the IRS operates openly in antagonism to conservative groups, in an unconstitutional fashion. Why isn’t that unconstitutional?


37 posted on 05/20/2013 8:24:59 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: neverdem

The first thing the communists do after seizing power is to disarm the populace.

We need a ban on communists in the Federal Government.

The degenerate communist union bosses are pissed that some of their membership have been freed from compulsory withholding of union dues , thats what this is about and nothing else.

That son of a bitch Warren in US Vs. Brown threw out the provision in Taft Hartley that required union leadership to sign affidavits that they were not communists.

As a result, union leadership is comprised of nothing but.

We are getting ready to hit the CPUSA and the American communist movement so hard that they wont have time to crawl back under the rocks they came out from.

No worker in the US should be held hostage to unions period, compulsory union dues are unconstitutional under the first and 14th amendments.

Federal employee unions must be outlawed (Thanks JFK) and state and local unions need to be stripped of their ability to steal money from workers paychecks on a national level.

If the workers love unions so much they will be happy to voluntarily send them dues.

There’s nothing patently illegal about the next GOP POTUS issuing an executive order immediately ending withholding of union dues nationwide, and ordering the National Labor Relations Board to get a Federal Court Order enforcing the Presidents decision

Its stupid to allow the Communists to use the same mechanism (witholding) the Federal apparatus uses to fund itself.

U.S. Supreme Court UNITED STATES v. BROWN, 381 U.S. 437 (1965) 381 U.S. 437

UNITED STATES v. BROWN. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT. No. 399. Argued March 29, 1965. Decided June 7, 1965.

Respondent was convicted under 504 of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, which makes it a crime for one who belongs to the Communist Party or who has been a member thereof during the preceding five years wilfully to serve as a member of the executive board of a labor organization. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding 504 violative of the First and Fifth Amendments. Held: Section 504 constitutes a bill of attainder and is therefore unconstitutional. Pp. 441-462.

(a) The Bill of Attainder Clause, Art. I, 9, cl. 3, was intended to implement the separation of powers among the three branches of the Government by guarding against the legislative exercise of judicial power. Pp. 441-446.

(b) The Bill of Attainder Clause is to be liberally construed in the light of its purpose to prevent legislative punishment of designated persons or groups. Cummings v. Missouri, 4 Wall. 277; Ex parte Garland, 4 Wall. 333; United States v. Lovett, 328 U.S. 303 . Pp. 447-449.

(c) In designating Communist Party members as those persons who cannot hold union office, Congress has exceeded its Commerce Clause power to enact generally applicable legislation disqualifying from positions affecting interstate commerce persons who may use such positions to cause political strikes. Pp. 449-452.

(d) Section 504 is distinguishable from such conflict-of-interest statutes as 32 of the Banking Act, where Congress was legislating with respect to general characteristics rather than with respect to the members of a specific group. Pp. 453-455.

(e) The designation of Communist Party membership cannot be justified as an alternative, “shorthand” expression for the characteristics which render men likely to incite political strikes. Pp. 455-456.

(f) A statute which inflicts its deprivation upon named or described persons or groups constitutes a bill of attainder whether its aim is retributive, punishing past acts, or preventive, discouraging future conduct. In American Communications Assn. v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382 , where the Court upheld 9 (h) of the National [381 U.S. 437, 438] Labor Relations Act, the predecessor of 504, the Court erroneously assumed that only a law visiting retribution for past acts could constitute a bill of attainder, and misread the statute involved in United States v. Lovett, 328 U.S. 303 ,which it sought to distinguish from 9 (h), as being in that category. Pp. 456-460.

(g) The legislative specification of those to whom the enacted sanction is to apply invalidates a provision as a bill of attainder whether the individuals are designated by name as in Lovett or by description as here. Pp. 461-462.

334 F.2d 488, affirmed.

Solicitor General Cox argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Assistant Attorney General Yeagley, Nathan Lewin, Kevin T. Maroney and George B. Searls.

Richard Gladstein argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Norman Leonard.

Briefs of amici curiae, urging affirmance, were filed by Melvin L. Wulf for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California et al., and by Victor Rabinowitz and Leonard B. Boudin for the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court.

In this case we review for the first time a conviction under 504 of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, which makes it a crime for a member of the Communist Party to serve as an officer or (except in clerical or custodial positions) as an employee of a labor union. 1 Section 504, the purpose of which is to protect [381 U.S. 437, 439] the national economy by minimizing the danger of political strikes, 2 was enacted to replace 9 (h) of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended by the Taft-Hartley Act, which conditioned a union’s access to the National Labor Relations Board upon the filing of affidavits by all of the union’s officers attesting that they were not members of or affiliated with the Communist Party. 3 [381 U.S. 437, 440]

Respondent has been a working longshoreman on the San Francisco docks, and an open and avowed Communist, for more than a quarter of a century. He was elected to the Executive Board of Local 10 of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union for consecutive one-year terms in 1959, 1960, and 1961. On May 24, 1961, respondent was charged in a one-count indictment returned in the Northern District of California with “knowingly and wilfully serv[ing] as a member of an executive board of a labor organization . . . while a member of the Communist Party, in wilful violation of Title 29, United States Code, Section 504.” It was neither charged nor proven that respondent at any time advocated or suggested illegal activity by the union, or proposed a political strike. 4 The jury found respondent guilty, and he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, reversed and remanded with instructions to set aside the conviction and dismiss the indictment, holding that 504 violates the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. 334 F.2d 488. We granted certiorari, 379 U.S. 899 .

Respondent urges - in addition to the grounds relied on by the court below - that the statute under which he was convicted is a bill of attainder, and therefore violates Art. I, 9, of the Constitution. 5 We agree that 504 is void as a bill of attainder and affirm the decision of the Court of Appeals on that basis. We therefore find it unnecessary to consider the First and Fifth Amendment arguments. [381 U.S. 437, 441]


38 posted on 05/20/2013 8:28:25 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Kevmo

JFK did a lot of damage in the 2 years he was in the WH. This was his payback to the Federal Apparatchiks, commies and the Mafia:

Executive Order 10988
January 17, 1962
Office of the Federal Register
Office of the Federal Register

EMPLOYEE-MANAGEMENT COOPERATION IN THE FEDERAL SERVICE

WHEREAS participation of employees in the formulation and implementation of personnel policies affecting them contributes to effective conduct of public business; and

WHEREAS the efficient administration of the Government and the well-being of employees require that orderly and constructive relationships be maintained between employee organizations and management officials; and

WHEREAS subject to law and the paramount requirements of the public service, employee-management relations within the Federal service should be improved by providing employees an opportunity for greater participation in the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures affecting the conditions of their employment; and

WHEREAS effective employee-management cooperation in the public service requires a clear statement of the respective rights and obligations of employee organizations and agency management:

NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the IUnited States, by section 1753 of the Revised Statutes (5 U.S.C. 631), and as President of the United States, I hereby direct that the following policies shall govern officers and agencies of the executive branch of the Government in all dealings with Federal employees and organizations representing such employees.

SECTION 1. (a) Employees of the Federal Government shall have, and shall be protected in the exercise of, the right, freely and without feel of penalty or reprisal, to form, join and assist any employee organization or to refrain from any such activity. Except as hereinafter expressly provided, the freedom of such employees to assist any employee organization shall be recognized as extending to participation in the management of the organization and acting for the organization in the capacity of an organization representative, including presentation of its views to officials of the executive branch, the Congress or other appropriate authority. The head of each executive department and agency (hereinafter referred to as “agency”) shall take such action, consistent with law, as may be required in order to assist that employees in the agency are apprised of the rights described in this section, and that no interference, restraint, coercion or discrimination is practiced within such agency to encourage or discourage membership in any employee organization.


39 posted on 05/20/2013 8:33:38 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Rome2000

You’re posting 50 year old stuff? What is your point?


40 posted on 05/20/2013 8:37:42 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Kevmo
My point is called "History"

This is the reason we are where we are, because of Democrats in the SCOTUS and POTUS setting up Federal worker unions and allowing communists to run them.

Now they are using Stalinist tactics against their political enemies.

41 posted on 05/20/2013 8:42:20 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Rome2000

makes sense


42 posted on 05/20/2013 8:56:45 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: neverdem

Every one of these union scumbags needs to be in prison.


43 posted on 05/20/2013 9:15:51 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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To: neverdem
In my line of work their are true conflicts of interest and things that to some might appear like a conflict of interest. Both will destroy a firm.

The IRS union being that political does not inspire confidence. The union should be either busted or forbidden by law from being political.

44 posted on 05/20/2013 10:00:11 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: neverdem

Ping. An immensely serious issue.


45 posted on 05/20/2013 10:01:56 PM PDT by Xcoastie (If you think education is expensive, try ignorance)
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To: Kevmo

It is. But, a law requiring people to make political contributions in a certain proportion would be unconstitutional as well.


46 posted on 05/21/2013 4:05:49 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: neverdem

Said it from the beginning...

We cannot continue to have unions run our government. Is 0bama tyrannical...yeah...but take away his union thugs and the rule of law puts a ‘check’ on that power. The real tyrant here is the Union.


47 posted on 05/21/2013 5:25:29 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: Rome2000

Exactly and that means we are no longer a Republic or at liberty.

Violations of our Free Speech
Violations of Freedom of Religion
Violation of unreasonable search
Voter intimidation

Does RICO apply here?
Fraud, failure of the union to act as a nonpartisan entity

Obstruction of Justice: failure to provide information regarding the targeting of political enemies.

Acts of terrorism: the chilling effect of terrorizing of key donors under color of law (see Rep. Kelly’s Rant he says it very well, no other agency scares the people more than the IRS)

Bribery: Woman who pulled this stunt off promoted to be in charge of 0bamacare? Gee...another count of potential terrorism of conservative lives over healthcare?

Extortion: Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority. (mmmmm, the Presidency?)


48 posted on 05/21/2013 5:38:25 AM PDT by EBH (The “government” that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: DManA
We can’t fix the IRS. We can only kill it.

You're right, we should kill it right after we have tortured them.

Tar, feathers, shoots up the nails, salt packing wounds, pliers to the teeth, electric shock, and so on. You know, the same treatment they put us through when we get audited.

49 posted on 05/21/2013 5:54:18 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: unixfox
Good morning.

I know I've told you this before...

You're right, we should kill it right after we have tortured them.

I like the way you think.

5.56mm

50 posted on 05/21/2013 5:58:46 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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