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.”

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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 richard2429@hotmail.com
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  • Seewetoldu

    The IRS has no credibility whatsoever .Close it down.

    • CrossingTheDelaware

      Fully agree … it is “necessary and proper”.

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  • CrossingTheDelaware

    And it’s not just the IRS. The same cancer is present in the DoJ, EPA, HHS, Dept of Education …

    • Jeff Simon

      WHAT?!? This is the most transparent administration ever!

  • Hoppyman50

    100 days is not punishment, it’s a summer vacation. Fine them and fire them, put them into the pool of those who are looking for work so they can get an idea what real Americans are going through.

    • Doug

      Disembowelment is too good.

      • Hoppyman50

        If either one of us pulled this sheit off we’d both be sent to jail. This government is out of control seeing there is not accountability.

  • Anthony

    So, what you’re saying is not only will this guy get to keep his job, but he’ll most likely get a promotion and a bonus…

    • Sam

      Probably

  • Broke Obama

    Suspended with pay probably . This last 6 years has been the most pathetic in our history . Nothing is done for the American people , i repeat nothing .

    • Rip Rogers

      Combined with Bush make that 14 yrs

      • tedlv

        BLAME BUSH! The cries of the idiots never cease.

        • Rip Rogers

          Call me an idiot if you will, you know the field of honor does not exist anymore and that is why idiots like you mouth off…Bush is a bad part of recorded history (Just as Bad as Odumba) and find it necessary to remind people so they will be informed. You will not take my rights away you Progressive Bush Bitatch. Yes, I will speak

  • Jody Hurt

    SUSPENSION, REALLY!!!! If he was pushing for Romney, he would have been fired!!

    • Sam

      That’s sad but true

    • Rip Rogers

      I voted against Romney, so did the other conservative TEA. Just will not stand for another Progressive-GOP, it will not happen

      • Doug

        In a straw poll in New Hampshire the other day Romney was overwhelming choice of GOP voters.

        • CrossingTheDelaware

          Those “GOP” straw poll voters must be just like the ones in Hinds county, Mississippi that voted for Thad Cochran.

        • Rip Rogers

          NOTE: GOP not conservatives. The NWO must die on the vine

  • tedlv

    Didn’t Lois Learner campaign openly for Obama? Why wasn’t she suspended?

  • Jeff Simon

    Well, that TOTALLY proves that a non partisan operation like the IRS would never target conservatives. I wish the Republicans would stop pursuing their totally phony scandals. They are old and have been looked into and have been totally discredited by impartial Attorney General Eric Holder.