As if we weren't outraged enough at the IRS, over the weekend we learned more details of an investigation into the lavish spending habits of the agency, specifically IRS conferences.
Later this week there will be a hearing in the House Oversight Committee to discuss – are you ready for this? – $50 million in IRS conference spending between 2010-2012. Fifty million! One conference alone that took place in Anaheim, California cost $4 million. A video from that Anaheim conference has been released showing IRS employees performing the “Cupid Shuffle.” Wow, what an important use of your tax dollars.
According to the House committee, “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.'”
The report to be released is titled “Collected and Wasted: The IRS Spending Culture and Conference Abuses.” Over the past three years, at least 220 IRS conferences have taken place, costing you, the taxpayers, almost $50 million.