Democrat Lawmaker Calls IRS Video ‘Insult to Star Trek’

June 6, 2013 - 12:07 PM

Carolyn Maloney

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – A Democratic lawmaker said a video parody of Star Trek produced by the IRS for a 2010 training conference, including one starring the head of the agency’s small business division, was an “insult” to the iconic television series.

“Not only was it a monumental waste – well over $50,000 – of taxpayer money, but I would say it is an insult to Star Trek,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on wasteful spending at the IRS on Thursday.

“I could do a better Captain Kirk,” Maloney said.

Faris Fink, commissioner of the Small Business and Self-Employed Division of the Internal Revenue Service, portrayed Dr. Spock in the video.

Fink, one of the witnesses at the hearing, apologized and called the video “embarrassing.”

In his written testimony at Thursday’s hearing, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said that, according to the IRS, the agency spent $49 million for 225 conferences for fiscal years 2010 through 2012.