IRS Worker Suspended for 100 Days Without Pay for Violating the Hatch Act For Urging Callers to Reelect Barack Obama
Yet another black eye for the IRS and the out of control rogue agency showing that it acts as a political agency …
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has announced that an IRS employee, who has not been named, was suspended 100 days without pay for “repeatedly” trying to urge callers to reelect Barack Obama in 2012. The IRS employee violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from either running as candidates or soliciting contributions and promoting candidates for political office while they’re on duty and in a federal workplace. Hmm, not fired eh? Just a slap on the wrist and just curious,why wasn’t the individuals name revealed? However, this is actually more of a punishment than anyone has been given for IRS-gate and their illegal targeting of conservative non-profit and Tea Party organizations.
Who thinks we are starting to see a pattern here that the IRS was a reelect campaign vehicle for Barack Obama?
An IRS help line worker has been suspended for 100 days without pay for urging callers to reelect President Barack Obama in 2012, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced on Thursday.
The employee, who was not named, “acknowledged that he had used his authority and influence as an IRS customer service representative for a political purpose and did so while at work,” according to a news release from the ethics watchdog agency.
The “complaint alleged that, when fielding taxpayers’ questions on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to reelect President Obama in 2012 by delivering a chant based on the spelling of the employee’s last name,” according to the release.
IRS Employee Agrees to 100 – day Suspension for Hatch Act Violations
In June 2014, OSC entered into a settlement agreement with an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee who
agreed to a 100 – day unpaid suspension for violating the Hatch Act. The agreement resolves a formal Hatch Act
complaint that OSC filed with the Board in April 2014. OSC’s complaint alleged that, when fielding taxpayers’ questions
on an IRS customer service help line, the employee repeatedly urged taxpayers to reelect President Obama in 2012 by
delivering a chant based on the spelling of the employee’s last name. In the settlement agreement resolving the
complaint, the IRS employee acknowledged that he had used his authority and influence as an IRS customer service
representative for a political purpose and did so while at work.
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) blasted the IRS following this latest revelation of the agency acting as a political tool of the Obama White House calling the IRS “totally out of control.”
“This latest development exposes a culture that tolerates or even encourages politically motivated activities, contrary to the agency’s mission and purpose,” he said in a statement. “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.”