The Treasury tapped civil servants to calculate the cost of Sen. John Kerry's tax plan and then posted the analysis on the Treasury Web site. A federal law bars career government officials from working on political campaigns.Seems pretty clear (and this from the WSJ, no less!) that federal law prohibits exactly what was done here. And could you ever guess who "asked" for this analysis?
House Majority Leader Tom Delay of Texas requested the estimates, said Stuart Roi, a DeLay spokesman, because several Democratic budget proposals had provisions similar to the Kerry tax plan. Mr. DeLay then distributed the analysis widely, including to the Republican National Committee. "The Democrats are all one and the same" on tax repeal, Mr. Roi said. "They don't attempt to make a distinction."No, I wasn't surprised to see Tommy DeLay's name associated with this latest outrage either.
How hard is it to understand that the law is the law for everyone?