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IRS spent $50 million on conferences drawing Congress's scrutiny

By Bloomberg

This article was published June 2, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million on 220 conferences for employees from 2010 to 2012, according to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The cost of the agency's conferences was released today by the committee, which is holding a hearing on the subject June 6. In one case, the IRS spent $4 million for an Anaheim, California, conference in 2010, where some stayed in rooms costing $1,500 to $3,500 a night and $135,000 was paid to outside speakers, including $17,000 for a lecture on "leadership through art."

Representative Darrell Issa, the Republican who leads the committee, said the agency didn't negotiate on the cost of hotel rooms, instead receiving perks such as game tickets or free drinks, which he called kickbacks.

"The culture of the federal workforce is one where I don't think you can underestimate that if you don't keep reminding the voters but also the federal workers that we're watching, this will happen again," Issa said on CNN's "State of the Union" today.

The cost of conferences is drawing fresh scrutiny to the IRS, which is already facing political pressure since revealing that it gave heightened attention to Tea Party groups that were applying for tax-exempt status. The agency is facing inquiries from six congressional committees and a criminal probe by the Justice Department concerning its review of potential tax-exempt groups.

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JessePinkman says... June 2, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

Don't worry folks; the IRS is above reproach. All you need to do is ask the far left

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 2, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

Just at tax time, tell them you didn't do anything wrong and leave.

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T6 says... June 2, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

"In one case, the IRS spent $4 million for an Anaheim, California, conference in 2010, where some stayed in rooms costing $1,500 to $3,500 a night and $135,000 was paid to outside speakers, including $17,000 for a lecture on "leadership through art."
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Well all righteee then.... this sheds some light on why this idjit kept referencing Anaheim!!!

therightscoop. com/video-another-taxpayer-funded-video-but-this-one-is-from-the-irs/

Remember everyone THIS is our tax dollar at work.
ABOLISH the IRS!!!!!!!

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GrimReaper says... June 3, 2013 at 12:53 a.m.

It's fun spending other peoples money.

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TimberTopper says... June 3, 2013 at 4:45 a.m.

50 mil is peanuts, compared to what our congress and senate members have spent on their travels and meetings.

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Populist says... June 3, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.

FIRE whoever organized the meetings or authorized the expenditures! My husband has spoken at some IRS conferences and has just gotten a plane flight and a hotel room. I am sure that the art speaker was somebody's cousin. FIRE whoever was involved.

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Packman says... June 3, 2013 at 10:11 a.m.

Hey inquire - Bless your heart, changing the subject only works on your fellow useful idiots. And it may come as a shock to your socialist mindset but there is no comparison between public and private sector spending. Private sector firms get their money based on consumer CHOICE. Government gets its money through FORCED taxation. The fiduciary responsibility of stewardship is fundamentally different. Do you really not understand?

Can we sequester the IRS?

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PatWaverly says... June 3, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.

Yep Inquire, gotta go with Pack on this one. Changing the subject to Issa is pretty weak. If he was so bad you should of been on here a long time ago bashing the guy. As to the actual subject of the article, this is why we see the furloughs and cuts allegedly due to the sequester as such BS. The President orders cuts to the FAA, National Parks, White House tours all the while stuff like this goes on year after year after year. This will blow over in few months and they'll be right back at it. I'm with you Pop. Fire someone. And not someone who is about to retire in a couple of weeks. And one other thing Inquire, you mention that this goes on in private industry as well. Have you ever worked in the private sector? Not sure what company you were involved with but if someone spent 50 million of ownership's money without authorization in my company, there wouldn't be a need for a Congressional Hearing to decide what to do.

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GrimReaper says... June 3, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

Poor Inquire can't help it, guys. She's addicted to Koolaid.

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lazybar says... June 3, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

inquire if the the citizens of the united states were concerned about whats right and legal then they would not have voted for a shady character like obozo

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