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Members of both parties sought to broaden the probe.
Republicans wanted to know how the IRS mistakenly released confidential applications of groups to the reporting website ProPublica. Those disclosures included information on the group Freedom Path, which spent at least $570,000 supporting Hatch’s re-election in 2012.
Democrats criticized IRS officials for failing to adequately oversee the rise in politically active tax-exempt groups, which are used in part to keep the identities of its donors private, and argued Congress should revamp tax laws governing these groups.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which includes Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, will start its probe of the IRS’s action in a hearing on Wednesday.
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