Vote for Obama stickers, campaign cheerleading commonplace at IRS offices

Via the Washington Times.

Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats.

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.

That employee went on to tell the taxpayer she knew she wasn’t supposed to be voicing her political opinions, and asked the taxpayer not to say anything.

In the Dallas situation, the OSC issued a letter to employees reminding them they aren’t allowed to do anything that would appear to be campaigning.

“Specifically, it was alleged that employees have worn partisan political stickers, buttons, and clothing to work and have displayed partisan political screensavers on their IRS computers. It was alleged that these items expressed support for President Barack Obama,” the OSC said.

The federal Hatch Act prohibits most government employees from conducting politics on government time. OSC is charged with looking into those violations.

This is obviously just a partisan falsehood, probably promulgated by those "Un-American" Koch Brother plutocrats. There’s no Hatch Act violations here. And even if there were, our beneficent leader will simply ignore any laws or parts of laws he deems himself above. But it matters not. When Obama addressed this topic a couple months ago, he averred that there’s "not even a smidgen of corruption" at the IRS. Thus ends the debate.  Obama spake, and that makes it so. Time to move along sheeple. Read the rest of the Washington Times article here.



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