A Senate panel’s review of interactions between imprisoned former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a number of tax-exempt organizations had lead the committee to question the groups’ tax status and a portion of the federal Tax Code dealing with unrelated business income taxes.

The investigation began a little over a year ago, after the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs found that a number of tax-exempt organizations were taking contributions from Abramoff and serving as extensions of for-profit lobbying operations.

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