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Treasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salary

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In April 2013, President Obama pledged to give 5 percent of his salary back to the Treasury to show solidarity with federal workers subject to unpaid furloughs as a result of the sequester. Last week, Treasury confirmed that Obama is squared up on his end. He is paid in full.

In an under-the-radar move, the department confirmed the checks in the final of three posts Friday on the "Treasury Notes" blog. The post mentions that Treasury has been publishing the checks to the blog to answer "public requests" for information. Treasury posted PDF images of the checks from the account of "B and M Obama" and the subsequent receipts.

The first family made the payments in the form of seven checks of just under $3,000 each between March and September 2013. The checks total $20,000, and are made out to "United States Treasury." The comment field on each says "Return to General Fund."

Obama was among many public officials who pledged salary solidarity with feds in the wake of the sequester. 

Obama is paid $400,000 a year in salary.

Prior to joining Government Executive’s online production staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.

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