Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

SEC Porn Probe: Workers Viewed Sex Materials as Economy Tanked

4 years ago
  0 Comments Say Something  »
Text Size
The Securities and Exchange Commission didn't get high marks as a watchdog during the recent economic crisis, and it turns out that some SEC employees occupied themselves at the time by viewing and downloading pornography on government computers.

The SEC's Office of Inspector General says 33 employees and/or contractors used their computers while on government time to access pornography, sexually explicit and sexually suggestive images, CNN reported. The activity violated SEC rules and policies as well as government-wide Standards of Ethical Conduct, the Inspector General said.

More than half the accused workers were very well paid -- making between $99,000 and $223,000 annually.

One unnamed regional staff accountant tried to access pornographic websites nearly 1,800 times in a two-week period, the IG report said. Another unnamed worker, a senior attorney, admitted to downloading porn for up to eight hours a day -- so much that "he exhausted the available space on the computer hard drive and downloaded pornography to CDs or DVDs that he accumulated in boxes in his office," the Inspector General's report said.

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said it was "disturbing that high-ranking officials within the SEC were spending more time looking at pornography than taking action to help stave off the events that brought our nation's economy to the brink of collapse." According to CNN, Issa said the "stunning report" raised questions about plans in a financial reform bill to "give regulators like the SEC even more widespread authority."

Our New Approach to Comments

In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum Comment Moderation Enabled. Your comment will appear after it is cleared by an editor.

Follow Politics Daily

  • Comics
robert-and-donna-trussell
CHAOS THEORY
Featuring political comics by Robert and Donna TrussellMore>>
  • Woman UP Video
politics daily videos
Weekly Videos
Woman Up, Politics Daily's Online Sunday ShowMore»
politics daily videos
TV Appearances
Showcasing appearances by Politics Daily staff and contributors.More>>