questionshave you heard of the treasury department's…

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Initially I thought the title was the setup line for a joke involving procurement of a conscience for the Dept of Treasury.

But the true explanation is actually more interesting. Wonder how recent "contributions" compare to historical?

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@afurball: I was wondering the same thing. I didn't find a whole lot of information about it from a simple Google search and am not sure where else to even look.

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@misuhsipee: Maybe it needs more promotion. This Baltimore Sun article from 1991, along with a different 1987 article, are the only mentions I'm finding outside of Wikipedia.

Even searched for 'conscience fund' on the Treasury website and came up empty.

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maybe it's closehold info that only lawyers, priests, and shrinks know about. if you look like you need to "get the blood off your hands" non literally, they let you know about the fund and you give what you want then feel better

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Donate money back to the government you defrauded? Doesn't make sense. If I stole money from the government and felt guilty about it, it would go to a charity.

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@curtisuxor: Or just keep it so when they come looking for you, it can be given back then. No point is getting rid of the money so you have no bargining chip for when the Feds come knocking.

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@wisenekt: Yeah, I agree with you. I read that the fund isn't even tax deductible. I guess they suppose a clean conscience is reward enough ha.

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@wisenekt: I also thought that people who give to this fund would then get audited immediately and be doubly-punished. That's another reason why I don't understand the point. I mean, even though you can give anonymously, what if they traced the money back to you and then "all of a sudden" you get audited.

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So, does this money go to the Secret Service's, um, "travelling expenses?"