GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, who frequently references her past experience as a "federal tax litigation attorney" while on the campaign trail, was actually more of an IRS tax collector:
Ms. Bachmann spent four years with the Internal Revenue Service district counsel office in St. Paul, Minn., from 1988 to 1992, and "worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases," according to her congressional website.
Bachmann's congressional office and campaign staff haven't responded to requests to discuss her time at the IRS and former colleagues in the St. Paul office have refused to be interviewed on the matter.
Bachmann herself, however, claims she had "no particular interest in tax law" but pursued the field because of her husband, Marcus:
"Tax law? I hate taxes. Why should I go do something like that?' " Ms. Bachmann said in 2006 remarks at the Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minn., recounting a conversation she had with her husband. "But, by faith, I was going to be faithful to what God was calling me to do through my husband, and I finished that course of study."