Small business panel latches on to IRS controversy

“These investigations have only raised more questions as to the extent these practices may have extended beyond conservative groups.”

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Former IRS officials have stressed that the agency’s targeting was not politically motivated, while acknowledging that IRS staffers had made mistakes in trying to establish screening criteria for tax-exempt applications.

In his letter, Graves also cited a 2011 committee hearing on a proposed executive order that would have required government contractors to disclose their political contributions.