Bowing to pressure from Congress and media outlets, the Internal Revenue Service has released a pair of campy parody videos of Star Trek and Gilligan’s Island, while admitting that the $60,000 spent to produce the videos could have been better spent.
Last week, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, R-La., wrote to IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller demanding the IRS release the videos and provide a complete accounting of the production expenditures at the IRS’s video studio in New Carrollton, Md., (see Congressman Demands IRS Release Star Trek Video). CBS News filed a Freedom of Information Act request and the IRS released the Star Trek video on Friday evening, followed by the Gilligan’s Island video on Saturday night.
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