Internal Revenue Service – Scandals Abound (Pt 3) – IRS Spends $50 Million for Conferences!

Sandy @Orangeone4

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During times of massive unemployment, countless home foreclosures, $4 gallon diesel and gasoline, and huge increases in food stamp applications, the IRS decides it is conference time! According to Lois Lerner, the IRS was overburdened with work so nonprofit applications weren’t timely processed. Perhaps if the IRS employees were working instead of traveling and attending conferences, their work would have been timely completed! It certainly looks like the House of Representatives should slash the IRS’ budget given this reckless spending and their spending on ludicrous videos.

Another Inspector General Report Forthcoming

Yahoo News, quoting the Associated Press, reported an inspector general’s report, due out tomorrow, shows the IRS spent $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for their employees between 2010 and 2012. That’s an average of over $227,000 per conference.

Here’s one example from the AP: “The conference spending included $4 million for an August 2010 gathering in Anaheim, Calif., for which the agency did not negotiate lower room rates, even though that is standard government practice… Instead, some of the 2,600 attendees received benefits, including baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites that normally cost $1,500 to $3,500 per night. In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid a total of $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about ‘leadership through art,’”

IRS Responses

According to the AP, via Yahoo, IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge said spending on conferences of 50 people or more declined to $4.9 million in 2012 from $37.6 million in 2010.

Given the federal fiscal year ends September 30th and the election was just over a month away, one must ask if anyone from the Obama campaign attended, conversed and otherwise engaged with IRS employees at any of these conferences. We know from Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s Deputy Campaign Manager, admitted to Jake Tapper on his May 31, 2013 show, that she attended some of the IRS meetings at the White House and that many related to “health care”.

Now why would the head of the IRS meet at the White House about “health care” more frequently than DHHS, the agency charged with writing the over 33,000 pages of ObamaCare regulations?

The AP also reported that the new acting commissioner, Danny Werfel, released a statement last Friday regarding the forthcoming IG report stating “This conference is an unfortunate vestige from a prior era…” referring to the August 2010 conference mentioned above.

How convenient that a new appointment points fingers backwards rather than the person in charge during the events being held responsible.

Unanswered Questions

Aren’t there laws against government employees accepting benefits such as baseball tickets? Who attended these conferences? Were the attendees selected based on political party? Were those that willingly targeted the conservatives, Tea Party and other patriotic nonprofit organizations either through the application process or audits, conference attendees? If so, did they attend multiple conferences? Who were the speakers at these conferences? Where are copies of the speeches given at these conferences? Did members of the Obama campaign and the Democratic party attend or sponsor attendees, sessions or booths at these conferences? Did any IRS employees receive overtime or compensatory time to perform the work of those attending the conferences or catching up on their own work after returning from a conference? How exactly was the IRS budget spent? These and other questions must be answered. Demand the truth. Demand accountability. We are a Red Nation Rising.

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