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By  Bernie Becker 

A Senate panel on Tuesday will examine how more than $24 billion in stimulus funds went to contractors or organizations that owe the federal government millions in back taxes.

A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found 3,700 contractors and grantees that received stimulus funds owed a combined $757 million in back taxes.

“That such a huge amount of the stimulus money went to known tax cheats should be a wakeup call for Congress,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the five lawmakers who requested the report.

Coburn and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are scheduled to hold a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on the matter Tuesday afternoon. Coburn and Levin released some of the report’s findings in advance of the hearing. Read more