Robert Anderson, an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, has uncovered that among the 47 attorneys at the U.S. Department of Education who donated money to a candidate in last year’s presidential election, 47 of them donated to Barack Obama – or all of them, basically.
In other words, the Department of Education did not have a single Republican attorney who contributed to Romney, and by the looks of it, has literally no Republican attorneys on the payroll. Meanwhile, it has dozens of Democrat ones, Anderson reported this week on his blog. He used the Federal Election Commission database to gather his findings.
Other federal government agencies offered similar findings – including the IRS, where its attorneys gave to Obama at a ratio of 20-to-1, “with about 32 times as much money going to Obama as to Romney from IRS lawyers,” Anderson found.
“The data show, however, that the partisanship of the lawyers in the IRS is not unusual or even particularly extreme among federal agencies,” Anderson wrote. “In fact, the lawyers in every single federal government agency-from the Department of Education to the Department of Defense-contributed overwhelmingly to Obama compared to Romney.”
As Anderson points out, this is a concern because it’s the lawyers who make policy, “they are the ones taking the lead in writing regulations, litigating cases, and making delicate legal judgment calls in borderline cases.”
Anderson argued his data indicates either there are no Republican lawyers in the federal government, or “they do not contribute to presidential campaigns, at least in ways that reveal their identities,” adding that ”political contribution numbers of government lawyers show that the IRS controversy is really a symptom of a larger disease-the rule by career bureaucrat lawyers.”
In our opinion, more like the disease of rule by career Democrat lawyers. Oh wait, Democrat and bureaucrat are synonymous.