IRS leader enjoyed complimentary presidential suite (Picture courtesy CNN).
IRS officials will be in the hot seat on Capitol Hill
tomorrow facing questions about why the agency spent $4 million at a conference
in 2010 in Anaheim, California. FOX19 has also confirmed the IRS held two
meetings in Cincinnati that year and spent tens of thousands of dollars on
The IRS spent $307,000 on a conference at the Millennium
Hotel in Cincinnati in 2010. It spent $63,000 on a leadership conference at the
Gateway Center in Covington.
Members of the House Oversight Committee will question the
inspector general who investigated the bills, the new acting IRS commissioner,
and other IRS officials during a hearing that begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
The $4 million tab in Anaheim included a complimentary
presidential suite that at least one IRS leader got to enjoy, as well as 24
free tickets to Los Angeles Angels games, and free drinks. But what is getting
much of the attention are those "Saturday Night Live"-style videos the IRS
spent thousands of dollars producing for the Anaheim conference. One is shot in the style of
Star Trek. Another is
a spoof of Gilligan's Island.
The best estimate is that those videos cost Americans about
$50,000 to make. But that's only an estimate. The IRS didn't keep its receipts,
something it wouldn't accept from an average Joe trying to defend what's on his