Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, has sent letters to six media-based ministries asking for information about their expenses, executive compensation and the amenities lavished on their executives to see if they are violating their tax-exempt status.

Grassley said he was following up on complaints from the public, as well as news accounts, that the ministries' governing boards weren't independent, and were handing out generous salaries and housing allowances to their executives, as well as extravagant amenities including private jets and Rolls-Royce cars.

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