Government Law

IRS workers get taxpayer-funded private counsel in nonprofit scandal

The claims that Internal Revenue Service workers displayed bias against conservative political groups’ applications for tax-exempt status have brought good news for two law firms.

The IRS has retained Squire Sanders and Taft Stettinius & Hollister to represent the employees in ongoing federal litigation, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

“No one would be willing to take these jobs at places like the IRS if the government wasn’t willing to help protect them from legal suits like this,” says law professor Donald Tobin of Ohio State University, a former Department of Justice lawyer. “While it doesn’t happen a lot that the government contracts with private counsel, in these kinds of cases, they almost have to.”

See also: “Justice Department will investigate IRS after official admits some conservative groups targeted”

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