IRS employee punished for campaigning for Obama

An independent federal watchdog agency on Thursday suspended an Internal Revenue Service employee for 100 days for urging callers to an IRS help line to vote for Obama.

The unnamed employee admitted to abusing his position for political purposes and has agreed to the punishment, The Washington Times reported.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel found that the IRS customer service operator repeatedly tried to influence callers to the IRS help line in 2012 by chanting the letters in Obama’s name.

In May, the government watchdog organization warned the agency that “Vote Obama” paraphernalia fouund throughout the IRS office in Dallas was prohibited. It also suspended an IRS employee in Kentucky for two weeks for insulting Republicans in a telephone conversation with a taxpayer.

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Besides the military, the IRS is America’s most intimidating federal agency, and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., for one, is disgusted with its tactics.

“This latest development, exposes a culture that tolerates or even encourages politically motivated activities, contrary to the agency’s mission and purpose,” Boustany told Politico. “This is inexcusable. If the IRS wishes to preserve what little credibility it has with the American people, they will immediately terminate this employee and conduct a thorough internal review into this matter.”

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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