Romney campaign says former NLRB member is no longer an adviser

A former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) caught in an ethics scandal at the agency is no longer a campaign adviser to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Peter Schaumber, the former NLRB member, is alleged to have received confidential information from Terence Flynn, a Republican member of the labor board who was recess-appointed to the agency by President Obama in January. Flynn leaked internal information to Schaumber and others outside the labor board, allegedly breaking ethics rules and violating attorney-client privilege, according to a report by the NLRB’s inspector general (IG). 

A Romney campaign aide told The Hill that Schaumber left the campaign late last year. 

“Mr. Schaumber informed us in December 2011 that he was stepping down from his volunteer advisory role,” said the Romney campaign aide.

Schaumber was co-chairman of the labor policy advisory group for the Republican candidate’s campaign. He didn’t immediately reply to messages asking for comment.

Pressure had mounted on Schaumber to leave the Romney campaign. After the labor board IG’s report was released last month, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Romney should remove Schaumber from his advisory role.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter sent Thursday to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that the NLRB inspector general had found “multiple additional improper disclosures of confidential inside information” from Flynn to Schaumber and intended to issue another report.

In addition, Cummings said the IG had referred the leaks described in his first report to the Office of Special Counsel for potential violations of the Hatch Act, a law that limits government employees’ political activity.