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IRS Paid Speaker $17,000 to Paint Michael Jordan at Event

The Internal Revenue Service spent $17,000 to hire a speaker who painted pictures of Michael Jordan and U2 singer Bono to motivate employees at a 2010 conference in California, the agency’s inspector general said.

IRS officials financed some costs of the conference in Anaheim, California, with $3.2 million in unused funds for hiring enforcement personnel, the review said.