Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.First, he's gotta call the po-leese to help control his own workers.
A former spokesman for the Obama campaign said 375 people were hired as part of the Vote Corps program and said people signed up to work three-hour shifts at a time. Three hours of canvassing got workers a $30 pre-paid Visa card.I wonder if all those people are getting taxed on that income? I know that when a sheriff's deputy works a detail and gets paid, the issuing agency sends a 1099 (MISC) form at the end of the year and it becomes taxable income.
Eventually people did start getting paid, but some said they were missing hours and told to fill in paperwork making their claim and that eventually they would get a check in the mail.Now, they're shortchanging their workers. Of course, the underpaid workers have to fill out forms to make a claim. Obama won't even pay his workers and I bet they're not claiming it as income.
"Still that's not right. I'm disappointed. I'm glad for the president, but I'm disappointed in this system," said Diane Jefferson, temporary campaign worker.
"It should have been $480. It's $230," said Imani Sankofa.
I've done canvassing for local elections, but I never got paid for it. I did it out of a sense of civic responsibility. Still, if you promise to pay someone at a certain date and time, you really have a responsibility to do that.
How's that socialism thing working out for everybody?