According to the Office of Special Counsel, an IRS employee may face “significant disciplinary action” for promoting the re-election of Barack Obama on work time. The employee is accused of “repeatedly greeting taxpayers calling a help-line with a chant urging President Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.”
The IRS employee is not named in the compliant.
Other IRS employees are attracting scrutiny for their pro-Obama activism at work. One faced a 14-day suspension for telling a taxpayer she assisted that “Republicans already [sic] trying to cap my pension and…they’re going to take women back 40 years.”
The employee knew that what she was doing was wrong and illegal at the time: She told the taxpayer “I’m not supposed to voice my opinion, so you didn’t hear me saying that.” The employee had been briefed on the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from politicking on the job, just weeks before she violated it.
The OSC has also looked into complaints that the Dallas IRS office had staff who made pro-Obama stickers, screensavers and other political imagery and speech “commonplace.”
Former IRS official Lois Lerner, who is now on track to be held in contempt of Congress and possibly jailed for refusing to answer question regarding the agency’s abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups, said in an email released this week that she wanted to leave the agency and work for Obama’s campaign group, Organizing for Action.
All of these complaints feature IRS agents promoting the Democratic Party or its presidential candidate.