|For Immediate Release
June 6, 2013
Contact: Press Office
More IRS Corruption: Will Sean Patrick Maloney Stand Up To Agency’s Reckless Spending?
Happiness Expert? Presidential Suites? It’s Time Maloney Stuck Up For New York Taxpayers
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the IRS’s culture of reckless spending and waste over the last few years. A report earlier this week showed that the scandal-ridden agency spent $50 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012, including presidential suites, baseball tickets, and a “happiness expert.”
Yet, as this gross abuse comes to light, Sean Patrick Maloney is silent. Does he actually think this is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds? It’s time he condemn the wasteful actions of an IRS culture that is devoid of leadership.
“The IRS’s abuse of taxpayer funds is yet another stain on an already scandal-ridden agency,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “For once, Sean Patrick Maloney should stick up for New York and condemn the IRS’s wasteful spending.”
The IRS Spent $50 Million On Conferences Between 2010 And 2012. “A government watchdog has found that the Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012, a House committee said Sunday.” (“House Report: IRS Spent $50M On Conferences,” Associated Press,” 6/2/13)
The Spending Included A “Happiness Expert,” Baseball Tickets, and Presidential Suites. “The IRS hired … Shawn Achor — referred to as a “happiness expert” by the sources — to lead a 90-minute workshop and $17,000 for artist Erik Wahl to hold a session that used painting as a learning tool, said those familiar with the report.…The IRS failed to adhere to the standard government practice of negotiating lower room rates, and gave the 2,600 attendees perks like baseball tickets and stays in presidential suites, according to the congressional committee.” (Kelly O’Donnell and Andrew Rafferty, “2010 IRS Conference Featured ‘Happiness Expert,’ $17K Art Session,” NBC News, 6/3/13)
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