Ahead of a meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he’s reserving judgment of the IRS until all the facts are known. Not only are reform committees looking into allegations that the IRS targeted certain political groups when evaluating applications for 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 status, now there are allegations that money was misspent by the agency.
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Money misspent on lavish hotel stays and video editing are among the allegations. “Because it involves politics at the most basic level, it may be necessary for a special counsel, but at this point I’ll wait and see what comes up,” Durbin said of the targeting of political groups. On misspent money Durbin is holding off on passing judgment. “I owe it to the administration and the agency to take a close look before I jump to a conclusion,” Durbin said.
Before the committee meets Thursday, tea party and conservative groups will tell their story before the House Ways and Means Committee. Tea party groups were supposedly singled out for scrutiny of their applications.