IRS Offices Under Investigation For Pro-Obama Cheerleading

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The Washington Times reported that a government watchdog is investigating several IRS employees and offices for violating the Hatch Act by engaging in pro-Obama political activity. Violations included having Obama campaign screensavers on computers, displaying pro-Obama pins and stickers, and one employee even telling a caller to vote for Obama.

In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was “commonplace” in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obama screensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office.

In another case, a worker at the tax agency’s customer help line urged taxpayers “to re-elect President Obama in 2012 by repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of his last name,” the Office of Special Counsel said in a statement.

OSC said it is seeking “significant disciplinary action” against that employee.

Another IRS employee in Kentucky has agreed to serve a 14-day suspension for blasting Republicans in a conversation with a taxpayer. (Read More)

I wonder if that employee received pay during the 14 day suspension. Either way, a two week vacation is a pretty mild punishment for violating the law.