The Washington Post

Reward: $1 million for lost IRS e-mails

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen appears before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on June 23. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Forget answering a bunch of random trivia questions, all you have to do is uncover the lost IRS e-mails to and from former official Lois Lerner.

Two Republican congressmen are so angry about the missing IRS e-mails that they think the U.S. government should offer a hefty reward to anyone who finds them — a $1 million reward.

Reps. Bill Flores (R-Tex.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) introduced legislation Wednesday to offer such a prize.  A lesser sum, $500,000, would go to anyone who figures out if specific agency officials were involved in purposely destroying the e-mails.

Now, these are very conservative lawmakers, so they’re not about to just give away federal dollars. So where would the money come from, you ask? The IRS budget. Oh, and until the e-mails are found, all IRS employee salaries would be cut by 20 percent.

Now, this bill is obviously just for political theater, but the Republicans’ anger over the lost e-mails is real. For a quick review of the controversy, colleague Josh Hicks made this timeline beginning in March 2010 through the present.

231411590 Flores Gohmert

(h/t Mediaite)

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.
Next Story
Al Kamen · June 27, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.