House panel: Report finds $50M for IRS conferences

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee says a soon-to-be released Treasury Department report finds the Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million to hold about 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.

According to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, that total included $4 million for an August 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif., for which officials didn't negotiate lower hotel room rates.

The committee says the report found that instead, IRS workers who attended received benefits, including stays in presidential suites.

In addition, 15 outside speakers were paid $135,000 in fees, with one paid $17,000 to talk about leadership through art.

The report is coming out as the IRS already faces bipartisan criticism for singling out conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.

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