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IRS spent $10,000 to make parody of Trump’s ‘Apprentice’

- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2013

The IRS has turned over another of the parody videos agency employees made with government money — this one a send-up of Donald Trump's "Apprentice" program, the House Ways and Means Committee said Friday.

The committee said the video cost about $10,000 and was made and shown at an IRS conference.

The IRS came under fire earlier this year for lavish spending at conferences.

"Another day, another example of abuse and waste at the IRS," said Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., chairman of the oversight subcommittee for Ways and Means.

He said he's still awaiting a final total accounting from the IRS about how many videos it produced, but said the latest release gives an idea of what the IRS's sense of humor looks like.

The video can be watched here.

It shows employees — whose names have been redacted — participating in a version of Mr. Trump's show. The man playing Mr. Trump is wearing a ridiculous wig.

The IRS said the video was made in 2011, when the agency had different leadership, and doesn't reflect the latest policies governing training videos.

"Simply put, this video would not be made at the IRS today," the agency said in a statement.

The agency said it has found $1 billion in savings between 2010 and this year, including in video production. In 2012, the agency spent $2.2 million on videos, but will spend an estimated $139,000 this year.

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