US IRS training video spoofing Apprentice draws Republican fire
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Republicans in the House of Representatives on Friday released another embarrassing United States (US) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) training video, this one a spoof of The Apprentice television programme that shows IRS workers coming up with ideas to save money on conferences.
The House Ways and Means Committee released the 2011 parody of the show starring real estate mogul Donald Trump after a report released in June detailed lavish spending at a 2010 IRS conference, including a video parody of the television show Star Trek. The four-minute Apprentice spoof cost US$10,000 (S$12,800) to produce, Republicans on the committee said.
"Months ago, I demanded the IRS come clean about the time and money it spent to produce these frivolous videos," said Representative Charles Boustany, chairman of a Ways and Means subcommittee probing IRS spending.
"While we may have no answers, we do have an endless supply of what appears to be the IRS's idea of entertainment," he said.